Loving not judging…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Romans 14:13-23

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.

For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.

So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats.

It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.

The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.

But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

Judging another for what seems right to them can cause division and estrangement from a fellowship.  This is the opposite of edification.  If one is engaging in an activity that causes harm, that one is not operating out of faith and love and needs encouragement rather than judgment.  When we love, we speak with love and compassion not judgment.  We need to take care we are not guilty of trying to impose what is right for us upon another.  That is the work of the Holy Spirit.  We are not God’s police.  Each of us operates in faith and our convictions may be different.  All commands flow from one and that is to love God and him only serve.  Loving Him and serving Him leads to the second command to love our neighbor.  Loving our neighbor means we care about them and watch out for them.  We encourage.  We build up in faith.  We watch them gain strength in their walk with God.

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