So both people can technically be correct?

Romans 14
Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. 2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. 3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.

I read this to say there may be differing opinions in the church and multiple “right” ways to do the same task. One eats only veggies, one eats everything.

4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.

Here Paul says this individual will stand or fall based on his master. Then Paul says INDEED he will be made to stand, for God can help him.

Sometimes, it is easy to see whether someone was right or wrong by looking at their life. It is obvious to see whether someone is standing or falling. That is where we ask God to give them more mercy OR we ask God to help us obtain the faith they have.

The Hour Has Come

Romans 13
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Jesus’ return is so very near. And we have got to today now choose to open our eyes to the Light of His salvation. To put on the things of Christ, so that we can show the world His love, mercy and grace. No longer choosing the flesh. Continuing to choose flesh does not make Christ more attractive to the world but rather it makes it no different to where they already are.

The verses we’ve already explored shows us just how to display Jesus, although some things have left questions. The long and the short of it is to love one another in the love of the Father and to be able to do this keep in constant communication with Him

Debt Free, Carefree

Romans 13
8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” [b]“You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Love is such an easy word to say however to implement love is much harder. Love is more than talk. We show love in our actions. In fact, i think it is much more important to show love, than to speak love. We show our commitment and love through our actions and how we react to those around us. If someone yells at us for no reason, a loving response is to ignore or listen to understand and respond with wisdom.

Now for the very first part of this verse…

The NIV translates:
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

I read this from a commentary:
Does the command, “Owe no one anything,” mean that we may not borrow? Borrowing is not forbidden in Scripture, but it is viewed as something negative, which of course it is. A loan is negative money.

It is important to be smart and use wisdom when managing money, and people.

Governing Bodies

Romans 13
5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

With all this talk about respecting governing bodies, it brings questions when it is governing bodies battling each other? Then who must be respectful to who? Who is breaking God’s word at that point?

So when we went to war for WWII, were we wrong for taking down other governments? Or were we justified for bringing peace?
So many questions.

Militant Aggression is out?

Romans 13
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.

Here was another comment I read:

What if governing authority violates God’s Word?
Scripture is clear and consistent here in the stories of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Daniel, Peter, John, Paul, Silas, and others. Their response was, “We must obey God rather than men.” But the way they did this is of importance to us today.
….You’ll notice in reading them, that they were never militant or aggressive.

I get the feeling from the Word of God, we should never raise up an army against a tyrannical government.

So do we resist?

Romans 13
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves.

Here is an interesting snippet from an article I read:
As Christians, the law cannot be our ultimate moral guide. Slavery was lawful. The holocaust was legal. Segregation and apartheid were legally sanctioned. Many of today’s laws are created to protect corporations rather than people.

Simply put, the law does not dictate our ethics. God does.

But when my radical clergy friends break unjust laws you won’t see them struggling to avoid arrest. You won’t see them acting violently or promoting chaos. In fact, they gladly submit to the legal consequences of their actions.

Heap Burning Coals

Romans 12
19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

From reading a quick commentary, it appears that not everyone can agree with what “heap coals of fire on his head” means.

But here is what I believe:
From the Bible Knowledge Commentary:

Sometimes a person’s fire went out and he needed to borrow some live coals to restart his fire. Giving a person coals in a pan to carry home “on his head” was a neighborly, kind act; it made friends, not enemies.

The true generous thing is to keep one burning coal for yourself and give the rest to the person in need.

By giving our enemy this many burning coals they have to carry them the way burdens are carried in the Middle East: in a container on the head. Then they can go back and immediately bake their bread without having to wait for the wood to become suitable coals for cooking.

My Tip to You

Romans 12
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have[e] regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

If I described why my wife is so amazing, I would use this scripture.
She lives peaceably with just about everyone she has ever met. She never has any ill will towards someone or feels the need revenge.
This is how we should all live.
Like we used to say in the 90′s, be “chill.”

Remove Pride

I figured I would finally swing back to Romans today!

Romans 12
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

This really goes with James 5 yesterday about being vulnerable with our fellow brothers and sisters.

Rejoice with those rejoice and weep with those who weep. To me this means “be relatable and be compassionate.”
Focus on people and try to minister to them by being a part of their life.
Do not repay evil with evil. If they curse you, bless them, and move on to other things.

From the Message:

Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.

I like the “get along with each other” part of the translation. Really it means LOVE people. Genuinely, love people!

Find a Friend

I love that this came up recently, because again it is about prayer.

We are responsible to each other, more specifically our Christian brothers and sisters. We need to help each other out. To do that, we must be vulnerable. We have to find people to confide it. We have to take advice and learn to listen. Part of the growing process is knowing that we have much to learn.

I myself am continually growing. I have missed it in so many ways. However, the Lord put three strong men in my life that have helped set my feet on a course of success.

James 5
16 [j]Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, [k]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

We confess so that we can be prayed for to receive victory and we confess so that the other person has an opportunity for a deeper relationship with us. We cannot form proper bonds with people without true and without substance.