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Read Romans 14:1-12

Wednesday

Read Romans 14:1-12

14Welcome all the Lord’s followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don’t criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours. 2 Some think it is all right to eat anything, while those whose faith is weak will eat only vegetables. 3 But you should not criticize others for eating or for not eating. After all, God welcomes everyone. 4 What right do you have to criticize someone else’s servants? Only their Lord can decide if they are doing right, and the Lord will make sure that they do right.
5 Some of the Lord’s followers think one day is more important than another. Others think all days are the same. But each of you should make up your own mind. 6 Any followers who count one day more important than another day do it to honor their Lord. And any followers who eat meat give thanks to God, just like the ones who don’t eat meat.
7 Whether we live or die, it must be for God, rather than for ourselves. 8 Whether we live or die, it must be for the Lord. Alive or dead, we still belong to the Lord. 9 This is because Christ died and rose to life, so that he would be the Lord of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you criticize other followers of the Lord? Why do you look down on them? The day is coming when God will judge all of us. 11 In the Scriptures God says,
     “I swear by my very life
     that everyone will kneel down
     and praise my name!”
12 And so, each of us must give an account to God for what we do. 

Think 

Paul asks: "Why do you criticize other followers of the Lord? Why do you look down on them? The day is coming when God will judge all of us."  I think we are all guilty of looking at others and thinking we are somehow better than they are.  Paul reminds us often to humbly realize that it is only by the grace of God that we are who we are.

Pray

Lord - help me to see your love in every person I meet.  Help me to respect differences - knowing that you call someone like me into your community - you also call people different to me.  I pray for unity in diversity throughout the Christian community.  Amen.

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