December 11, 2017. Romans 14-16
In Order. Don’t Argue.
With the holidays here and family and friends coming together, there is always that one family member or friend who wants to argue about faith or God or evolution or anything just for argument's sake. Although it might be enjoyable to argue with them, why not for one holiday challenge yourself to not argue?
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
Even though you may be right on the matter and have all the answers, they may not be willing to listen. You may be causing more harm than good when engaging in this type of behavior.
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.
Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil.
We all know that tempers can rise when in an argument and what we say may not be coming from a place of love anymore and instead from a place of having to prove your point. This is sometimes the hardest thing to do, but in the end, could make the strongest impact on that person.
Let us, therefore, make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself for what he approves.
Speak words of encouragement and of love, even when that person is baiting you and challenging you. It may be the hardest thing you do but know that you are making a bigger impact by doing so.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.