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About-Him.Com Devotional 03-16-2013

Why Do I Set My Brother at Naught?

In the 14th chapter of Romans, The apostle Paul addresses the church at Rome which was composed of Jews and gentiles. The Jews had been schooled under the Mosaic law and some were slow to grasp that the Old Testament restrictions  that distinguished between clean and unclean animals had been removed by the death of Jesus on the cross (1 Ti. 4:3-5). Many of these believers also continued to observe many of the feasts and special observances from the law of Moses, not fully comprehending that  all had been fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ro. 10:4; 1 Ti 1:5).  

Many of the Gentile believers had come from paganism and no doubt were in need of instruction (Ac. 15:20,29).  Paul speaks to both groups and urges them to quit their squabbling and to accept one another as brothers in the Lord.  

Romans 14:4  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.  

Jesus told us to judge not, lest we be judged (Lu. 6:37; Mt. 7:1). He also told us to get the beam out of our own eye before we attempt to remove a speck from our brother’s eye (Lu. 6:41-42).  That’s a full time job in itself, isn’t it?  

Paul uses the analogy of servants in a household. We  would be quite unwelcome and  out of line to go to another’s household and criticize the hired help. That is exactly what we do when we judge our brothers and sisters. We are all the Lord’s servants and He is able to keep all of us from failing. He really doesn’t need our help in that regard.  

Romans 14:7  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
9  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Jesus bled on the cross to make us one with Him and with one another. His High Priestly in the garden was that we might be one just as He and His Father are one.  

John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  

Romans 14:10  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

So why do I judge my brother and set him at naught over trivial differences that don’t amount to a hill of beans? Who am I to judge the salvation of one who has been sealed by the Holy Ghost until the day of redemption (Eph. 1:14-15, 4:30)?  

I need to be more concerned with my future appointment at the judgment seat of Christ, where all the secret recesses of my heart will be opened wide for inspection by Jesus. What will my answer be if I’m found to be guilty of something for which I’ve condemned another.  

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.  

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18  For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

The kingdom of God is a whole lot bigger than any of us can imagine or comprehend. Am I going to condemn another because he doesn’t want to eat meat? Am I going to condemn someone for observing Lent or other man made holy days?  No! However, if the opportunity should present itself, it’s always good, for all concerned, to reason the way of the Lord more perfectly (Ac. 23:20).    

And of course that’s always a two way street. Eh?  
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