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Feb 25

Romans 14:17-23 ERV

In God’s kingdom, what we eat and drink is not important. Here is what is important: a right way of life, peace, and joy—all from the Holy Spirit. 
Whoever serves Christ by living this way is pleasing God, and they will be accepted by others. 
So let’s try as hard as we can to do what will bring peace. Let’s do whatever will help each other grow stronger in faith. 
Don’t let the eating of food destroy the work of God. All food is right to eat, but it is wrong for anyone to eat something that hurts the faith of another person. 
It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else that hurts the faith of your brother or sister. 
You should keep your beliefs about these things a secret between yourself and God. It is a blessing to be able to do what you think is right without feeling guilty. 
But anyone who eats something without being sure it is right is doing wrong. That is because they did not believe it was right. And if you do anything that you believe is not right, it is sin. 

 
Lord, once again I am finding my heart is heavy and I need to send your Word out in front of me, even in this blog. I thank you for these verses that make it plain that not only are you aware of our need to hold our tongues and keep our faith to ourselves at times… but you even tell us to do so, in situations where speaking our mind “hurts the faith” of others. Father, I do not feel like I have the wisdom or discernment to know WHEN this is appropriate, so I ask you to guide me in this as you do in all other things. And I pray that you help me to become better at hearing you and obeying your Voice without allowing my temper or my fear or any of my other vices to get in the way. I sincerely desire to please you, Lord. Even when my heart hurts and I question both my value and my abilities. I still trust you completely, Lord Jesus. Help me to LIVE LIKE I BELIEVE. Amen.

 

Interesting comparison of verse 22 from above, between versions:
Romans 14:22
(ERV)  You should keep your beliefs about these things a secret between yourself and God. It is a blessing to be able to do what you think is right without feeling guilty.
(ISV)  As for the faith you do have, have it as your own conviction before God. How blessed is the person who has no reason to condemn himself because of what he approves!
(KJV)  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
(KJV+)  HastG2192 thouG4771 faith?G4102 haveG2192 it toG2596 thyselfG4572 beforeG1799 God.G2316 HappyG3107 is he that condemnethG2919 notG3361 himselfG1438 inG1722 that thing whichG3739 he alloweth.G1381
 
my literation (interpretation from Strong’s Greek definitions and usage):
“Do you have a conviction? Have it with yourself in the face of God. You are supremely blessed when you do NOT condemn yourself for doing the thing you have tested and found worthy of doing.”
–Thank you, Lord–

 

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