Today’s reading is Romans 14.
No doubt, there are a lot of confusing things about what Paul says in Romans 14. No doubt, there are plenty of disagreements surrounding it. I can’t answer all those. But surely one thing is certain. However I live, however I behave, however I speak, however I act, however I conduct myself, it is to be unto the Lord. I have been saved by the Lord. I have bowed the knee in allegiance to my Savior and King, Jesus Christ. My choices today are not based on my tastes, preferences, likes, and dislikes. My choices today are made in order to honor Jesus, my King. Live to the Lord today, that way you can die to the Lord tomorrow. Whether in life or in death, you are the Lord’s.
Tomorrow’s reading is Romans 15.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, Paul gets down to some brass tacks in our chapter today. He has said we are to owe nothing but love to everyone. This chapter gets really specific about love. Love means not putting any stumbling blocks in front of others. That means don’t do things that will lead others to sin. But Paul takes it another step. Don’t encourage others or put stumbling blocks in front of them to do things that they think are sins, even if you think they are incorrect. Loving them means seeking their good, even if it means a great sacrifice for you. That is extreme, but that is love.