• Passing Judgment on Ourselves

    Romans 14:22b

    Though we sometimes feel guilty for things that are not actually sins, we should always pay attention to the voice of our consciences when we experience guilt. When we feel guilt, we must endeavor to understand, according to God’s ...Read More

  • Keeping Faith to Yourself

    Romans 14:22a

    Commentators on this passage also note that the idea of keeping our faith to ourselves does not mean we may never share with weaker believers our convictions regarding matters where God has left us free. We may, and indeed must ...Read More

  • Protecting the Work of God

    Romans 14:20-21

    Christian freedom carries with it the heavy responsibility of never using our freedom in a way that harms tender consciences, and the duty never to impose our personal scruples regarding indifferent matters on others. Besides studying God’s Word, one ...Read More

  • Peace and Mutual Upbuilding

    Romans 14:19

    Paul’s call for mutual peace and upbuilding is directed primarily to the strong Christians in Rome as an appeal for them to act in such a way that would benefit the immature. Still, its inclusion in a letter addressed ...Read More

  • Preserving Christ’s Sheep

    Romans 14:15-16

    Christians who choose not to exercise their liberty before immature believers need not do the same when they are not with immature believers. The weaker brother may not bind the conscience of the stronger believer, and as we will see ...Read More

  • Clean and Unclean

    Romans 14:13-14

    That something which is not unclean in itself may become unclean to certain people is a concept we will develop more in the days ahead. For now, let us note that it is a lack of understanding that leads a ...Read More

  • The Judgment of God in Christ

    Romans 14:10-12

    If we are in Christ Jesus by faith alone, the sin of judgmentalism will not keep us out of the kingdom. We will find ourselves repenting for this transgression, and the blood of our Savior will cover us where we ...Read More

  • Lord of the Dead and the Living

    Romans 14:9

    That the Son of God is also our Creator should be enough to convince us that the Lord alone has the right to judge us. But God goes a step further, making it clear that we belong to Him because ...Read More

  • Living and Dying to the Lord

    Romans 14:7-8

    Understanding that it is not our job to judge others who disagree with us regarding minor issues is freeing. Those with whom we differ belong to the Lord, so we can leave it in His hands to sort everything out ...Read More

  • Honoring the Lord

    Romans 14:5-6

    John Calvin says the weak in the Roman church “would have thought otherwise, had they possessed a certain and a clear knowledge of Christian liberty. But in abstaining from what they thought to be unlawful, they evidenced piety, as it ...Read More

  • Partaking and Abstaining

    Romans 14:2-4

    As fallen people, we are tempted to pass judgment all too quickly on others without first seeking to understand why they do what they do. As we will see, this is part of what was plaguing the Roman church, as ...Read More

  • The Second Petition

    Romans 14:17

    Today, God’s special kingdom of blessing is manifested primarily in the church. It is through the ministry of Word and sacrament that we learn what it means to bow the knee to Christ as Lord. Furthermore, it is through ...Read More

  • The Joy of Everlasting Life

    Romans 14:17

    Knowing that we have everlasting life comforts us because we know that it is a life grounded in the perfect righteousness of Christ and, therefore, secure forever. It also comforts us because we know that we will experience righteousness, peace ...Read More

  • The Legalist Distortion

    Romans 14

    As a modern example of legalism, some Christians have said that it is wrong for believers to consume alcohol. However, while such rules may be motivated by a noble concern that people avoid the sin of drunkenness, Scripture nowhere condemns ...Read More

  • Dealing with Those Who Are Weaker

    How does your response to weaker brothers and sisters line up with the three guidelines given in this reading?Read More