QT – Romans 14

Vs. 19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”  This is a very important passage that applies to relevantly to the church today.  Some Christians will drink in a public setting, others will observe Halloween, other’s will participate in secular activities…is one right and one wrong to do?  Basically those Christians who are not hindered by such should not look down on those who are and those who do not participate in such things should not judge those who do.  How do we as Christians respond to other Christians when it comes to how we live our lives?  The bottom line is that we must do all that we can to allow love to cover our lives.

Regarding application…Stumbling Blocks.  Vs. 13, “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”  As Christians, we must choose not to be stumbling blocks to others in the life we live.  Question: How does this look?  Let’s say I enjoy drinking some wine for a dinner once or twice a week.  We invite some youth and their families over.  Hyojin and I serve wine for dinner to the adults and we drink a bit too.  Now, as the Youth Pastor…I could have some students and their parents both be stumbled by my actions.  Even though it is perfectly fine to drink wine for a dinner (Not get drunk on it…Ephesians 5)…this doesn’t mean that I should do it if other’s are stumbled.  And that goes with all other areas in our lives too.  Be wise and unselfish on how you choose to live your lives so that other’s are encouraged by you.