Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. – Romans 14:1-2
A theme that runs throughout the New Testament is preferring others as more important than yourself. This passage mentions disputable matters, or practical applications of Christian life that can be interpreted in a number of ways. In this case it was one believer’s dismissal of other gods as false, therefore he felt free to eat meat sacrificed to idols that he didn’t view as real. But another believer saw the meat as defiled and therefore chose to eat only vegetables. Both were set on glorifying God by his actions. When we look past actions and explore motives, we often find common ground. This allows us to accept each other without passing judgment.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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