Thursday, May 3


On Conviction

Paul, writing to the Roman community, in which some insisted on following dietary restrictions (and were wrong in principle) and some did not (and were right in principle):

"Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean itself! But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. If you brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died...

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification!"

(Romans 14:13-19)

So, on something that is not a matter of peril to salvation, Paul insists that we treat people above all with consideration not to scandalize them, being concerned only that they may become stronger Christians and not be turned off by our convictions in these lesser matters--even when our convictions are right!

Certainly this scriptural truth, by which our souls will be judged, has wide application to the Church today.

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