Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Romans 13-14.
“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10
“Therefore let us not pass judgement on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hinderance in the way of a brother.” Romans 14:13
At my church we are doing everything that we can to try to remove chances for guests, regular attenders, and members to be hindered from hearing the gospel. So we have a greeters in the parking lot, clear signage, free coffee for guests, greeters that open the door for you, gifts for first time guests, and when you fill out a connection card we follow up. All of these things are efforts to apply Romans 14:13. We have decided to “never put a stumbling block or hinderance in the way of our brother” so that they might be more apt to hear the truth in the worship service. Followers of Jesus are to love others like this everywhere we go. We are to make every effort to remove road blocks to the gospel.
Make every effort to remove road blocks to the gospel.
The whole issue in Romans 14 boils down to the fact that some Christians are eating meat that has been sacrificed to idols. This is causing some weaker and less mature Christians to stumble in their faith. Paul tells them to give up their right to eat that meat because it’s causing others to stumble into sin.
Removing road blocks to the gospel will sometimes mean that you give up your right so your neighbor doesn’t stumble.
One life has an impact on another. We can easily affect each other. We can cause others to stumble, grieve others, or even destroy others. The truth of the gospel is offensive in that it tells us that we are sinners who cannot save ourselves but must wholly trust in Jesus. That message is going to offend so let’s let nothing else that we do bring offense to our neighbor. Romans 14:13 does not mean that we give up the gospel because it offends It means we give other things that offend so that the gospel can be heard. Let’s decide to never put a stumbling block up for our neighbors.
“God’s kingdom is more than our right’s, so we need to let love determine how we act toward one another.” (Robby Gallaty)
How can you love the people around you this week? Co-workers? Family? Friends? Neighbors?
Ask the Lord to help you to have discernment to know how to love without doing wrong to your neighbor.
Tomorrow’s Deeply Rooted Devotion will be from Romans 15-16.