Week of April 14 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 14:19

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

Day 1 Read: Romans 14:13-15

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. 14 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. 15 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.  

Reflect: What advice does Paul give for how we can show genuine love to our brothers and sisters in Christ?

Consider: Paul’s opening sentence is both the final charge on the previous subject and the introduction to the new one: Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on (krinōmen, “condemning”) one another (pres. tense subjunctive, “no longer let us keep on judging or condemning one another”). Instead a Christian should judge himself and his actions so that he does not place a stumbling block (proskomma, lit., “something a person trips over”; cf. 1 Cor. 8:9 and comments on Rom. 14:20–21) or obstacle (skandalon, lit., “trap, snare,” and hence “anything that leads another to sin”; cf. 16:17) in his brother’s way (lit., “to the brother”).[1]

Respond: Do you think that criticism is always unhealthy? When can it be a good thing? What is the difference between good and bad criticism? How can love for others help us in disagreement?

[1] John A. Witmer, “Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 493.