- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Romans 14
The life of the righteous (3)
Apostle Paul expressed his pastoral concern about the church in Rome; conflict and controversy on cultural practices, and he taught them how to behave each other.
Some has scruples about eating(v2), about observing Sabbath(vv5-6), about drinking wine (v21), following certain Jewish practices while others have not, mostly Gentiles. Apostle Paul regarded these scruples as unnecessary and designated those who were troubled by them weak in faith, and he regarded those who were not troubled by them as strong in faith. But they passed judgement on the weak in faith. The weak in this context were not weak in faith of Jesus Christ but weak in convictions about disputed practices. The strong were those who were strong in conviction.
Apostle Paul teaches harmony in the church. The weak and the strong in their conviction are servant of God who are in need of grace of God. More important than the right to eat and drink is our calling not to destroy the work of the God by making our brothers and sisters stumble. Good and godly conscience brings good behavior.
The Kingdom of God in the church is not about cultural practices but is about living in God’s righteousness, peace, joy in the power of the Holy Spirit.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.