Devotions for August 4, 2016

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Romans 14:10-14 (MSG)

So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture:

“As I live and breathe,” God says,
“every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
that I and only I am God.”
So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.

Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What does this passage tell us will not help us on judgment day?

Q: In what ways have you held others to your own personal convictions? Were you right in your action?

Q: Do your personal convictions reflect a loving God, or one that is tyrannical? How does that effect how others look at your faith?

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