The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 14 (22 of 25) by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 14 (22 of 25)
Harley Howard

Many years ago while I taught 1st Corinthians Chapter
8, I preached a sermon which I titled: "The Liberty of
Love". The basic thought of that sermon was that love
for fellow believers took priority over taking
personal liberties that would cause another brother to
stumble into sin. In this chapter the theme is very
similar. The weaker brother is the one who does not
understand his or her liberties in Christ, probably
because he, or she, is a new convert and has not
arrived at that knowledge. However, the one who has
arrived at an understanding of freedoms in Christ must
not allow his or her liberties to hinder a weaker
brother, nor must either brother be passing judgment
over questionable things. The principles are the same
today:

>> My liberties in Christ are to be exercised only as
it does not cause a weaker brother to stumble in
Christ. Love is to be exercised over liberties.

1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not
to doubtful disputations.

The stronger brother was to receive the weaker
brother, but not for the purpose of disputes (judicial
reasonings) over doubtful things (thoughts, debates).
As long as we understand that we are to be in the
position of building each other up, and also being
concerned for each other's needs above our own, this
issue will never arise in the church. Oftentimes, if
not all the time, the issue of debates in the church
have to do with ignoring the principle I just
mentioned a moment ago.

>> My liberties in Christ are to be exercised only as
it does not cause a weaker brother to stumble in
Christ. Love is to be exercised over liberties.

2 For one believeth that he may eat all things:
another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not;
and let not him which eateth not judge him that
eateth: for God hath received him.

Now let' ...


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