Romans 14:1-12 NASB
14 1Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2 One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.11 For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall give praise to God.”
12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
- Accepting (v. 1-4)
- Conviction (v. 5-9)
- Judging (v. 10-12)
- Why does “image” seem to be such a big deal in America? Is “image” or what people think about you a big deal to you? Why or why not?
- How does the gospel deal with what people think about me?
- Paul calls some of the people “weak in faith” and others “strong in faith”. What issues divided these groups? What attitudes characterized these divisions? Where do we have these divisions and attitudes? (v. 1-3)
- What argument does Paul give for them to accept one another? Is it hard for you to accept people who are different from you? Why?
- Read 14:4-9. How many times does Paul refer to Jesus as Lord? What difference does it make if Jesus is Lord or not?