Posts Tagged ‘Weaker and stronger brother’

Romans 14:1-12 In Honor of The Lord

Don’t mean a hill of beans if God’s not the author

Paul addresses how each of us honors the Lord in our daily lives. We don’t all choose the same route but we honor the same God. And God welcomes us!

The first instruction Paul gives is very important; “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions” (verse 1). This sets the stage for the rest of this section. There are those who are weaker and there are those who are stronger in the faith.

The stronger are to welcome the weaker WITHOUT fighting with them or pressuring them to adopt the stronger’s opinions on the way to please God. Paul doesn’t tell us who are the weaker and who are the stronger in his examples. He simply tells both “sides” of the issue to respect and not judge the other. Read more »