The Weak and The Strong
(Romans Chapter 14)
“Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.” -Romans 14:1
What are we supposed to do about the things that the Bible does not specifically address.? How should we dress.? What should we eat.? What types of activities are appropriate.? What entertainment is okay for Christians.? Have you ever debated these things with others.?
I think Romans 14 gives us some great principles for making these decisions in our lives (personally) and gives us understanding about our conscience and personal convictions, especially as they relate to the relationships of the strong and the weak.The bible does tell us to consider everything you do as if you are doing it for the Lord.
Romans 14:22,23 says, “ Do you have faith.?” (There is a lot of preaching right there!) It goes on to say, “Have it to yourself before God. Happy is He who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith:for whatever is not from faith is sin.” It’s talking about your convictions and not acting contrary to your conscience. To do so is not acting in faith but sin.
This chapter covers is the weak faith vs. the strong. We have to be careful in how we deal with others by respecting their convictions instead of revising them. Not all Christians are at the same stage of maturity. We should do what leads to peace and mutual edification within the body of Christ. God deals with each person differently at different times. In some areas I may be the stronger sister while in other ways I am the weaker Christian. We should not condemn or look down on those who are weaker in faith, but we should be fully convinced of what is acceptable in our own mind, for everything that does not come from faith is sin.
I love the book of Romans. Read chapter 14 and gain a greater appreciation for God’s Word and what He is attempting to teach you in this wonderful book chapter by chapter.
The main thing is for me to be obedient to the Word of God and sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in my life and to have compassion without compromise.