A Better You: Doing What Sits Well with Your Soul – Romans 14

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As the Word of God is a living text, people have different ways of interpreting these texts. So, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions down in the comments below! Remember to like and share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Free Life Advice: Knowing What Is Right and Wrong to You.

“Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.”

– Romans 14:1-6

There are some things in life that someone does that you totally disagree with, say, buying produce from the supermarket and not from the local farmers’ market.

One day, you approach said person and ask them why they do it. Why don’t they love the planet and help the local farmers who are just trying their best to grow healthy crops?

Turns out their reasoning is perfectly sound: Their 7-year-old only eats Bok Choy and none of the local farmers grow that. So, they have no choice but to buy imported Bok Choy so that their 7-year-old eats the greens. They would love to buy from the local farmers’ market if they could.

Yet, there’s still something that doesn’t sit well with you.

Why can’t their 7-year-old eat something else? Why doesn’t the local farmers sell that? Why…

Does that make your point of view wrong? Or are they still wrong?

Why does somebody need to be wrong? Maybe, no one opinion is ‘wrong’; just different.

What Does Bok Choy Have to Do with Romans 14?

Essentially, Romans 14:1-6 talks about the different amounts of faith different people have.

The reason this section is in the Bible, I presume, is because, in those days, there were different ideologies going around in the time of transition. People were initially told that Moses’ Laws were the only way to get into Heaven. Now, Jesus is telling them to have faith that He is the Son of God and grace will get you into Heaven.

So, with this in mind, some people say that you shall not eat everything, according to the old Law, but Jesus said:

“‘Are you still so dull?’ Jesus asked them. ‘Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them'”

– Matthew 15:16-17 NIV

No wonder people were divided over this, among other things.

Jesus, the Sower of Unity.

So, in Romans 14:1-6, Paul argues that it is okay to have different perspectives, so long as the purpose is to honor God.

It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you do it with the right intentions: To please God.

The trap here is that you can’t just go around hurting people and making bad decisions and call it ‘Honoring God’. It has to be aligned with God’s characteristics.

The acronym that many people live by comes in handy here: #WWJD. For those who don’t know it, it means What Would Jesus Do?.

When in doubt, do what Jesus will do. Do what is right with your soul. Do what will bring honor to God. Do what will make the people of this would think “Wow, he loves more than himself, kinda like Jesus” even if they don’t know Jesus.

Call to Action

Do everything intentionally. Do not deliberately harm someone else, even if they have wronged you, because everyone was made in the image of God; you would be dishonoring God.

Go and agape your enemies.

God bless you and remember to be sincerely at all times!

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