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Food and Drink | Joni Tyner
S~ For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believe with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain food must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Romans 14:2-3 (NLT)
O~ Paul is reminding the early believers to not judge each other based on what they are eating, or not eating.
A~ Once again, God is looking for our heart! I believe there are many areas that believers have different opinions that this passage can apply to. Things like alcohol consumption, clothing styles, participating in fasting, and musical worship preference. We are saved by grace, what Jesus did on the cross, not because we follow certain rules. This passage tell me God accepts and loves Christians who eat and drink anything they please as well as believers who feel compelled to abstain from certain activities as a form of heart-felt worship. I should not pass judgement on either believer. God knows their heart. Period.
P~ Dear Lord, help us, as Your body of believers, to embrace what we know to be true and to let go of judgement of others. Thank you for this grace that I don’t have to live up to a long checklist of do’s and don’ts. I pray my heart stays sensitive to You and that I easily give grace and acceptance to believers who eat and drink and worship differently than I do.
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