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Friday – June 7, 2024

Proverbs 14-15; Romans 14

by Kelli Smith Simpkins

“So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore, let us stop passing judgement on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Romans 14:12-13

If you’re a millennial or older, you may remember a moment from a talk show from 2007 where the guest, Gladys, told the host, “I love Jesus, but I drink a little.” The clip went viral, and the phrase has since been altered to change “drink” to other vices and slapped on t-shirts and coffee mugs. Why did this simple sentence make such a splash?

It’s because people found Gladys’s honesty refreshing. So often we as believers feel the need to portray perfection so as not to be judged by our peers, and doing so affects our ability to make deep connections. If we can’t break through the surface level, how can we be there for each other when we need it the most?

 In Romans 14, Paul reminds us that we are to be held accountable for behaviors that the Bible clearly identifies as sin (adultery, murder, etc.), but there are other actions that are not identified as sin so much as they are personal convictions. He tells us these matters of opinion should not be sources of conflict for the church because we are accountable to Christ, not each other.

When it comes to actual sin as God has defined it, we are to redirect our brothers and sisters in Christ in a way that is more edifying than judgmental and more loving than condescending. But we can’t do that if we’re caught up arguing over things that we believe make us seem holy rather than actually pursuing holiness.

Comments(2)

  1. Rena Cook says:

    Amen

  2. Jean says:

    Amen