God’s Word: Romans 14:1-23 (The Message)
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
If you decide others need correction or to learn some manners I can handle that without your help. Tend to your own knitting and let others alone. Instead treat others gently knowing that they have their own history to deal with. The rudeness of this is especially difficult in the body of believers. Not everyone interprets My Word the same. I can deal with that. If you want to discuss a matter with them do it with love and care and a willingness to accept their interpretation. Don’t cut a person off because of their differences of interpretation. I have given My people freedom to follow the convictions of their conscience.
Church members aren’t answerable to each other but to Me. That is why Jesus lived and died and then lived again: so that He could be your master across the entire range of life and death, and free us from the petty tyrannies of each other. So where does that leave you when you criticize or condescend another believer? Remember that you will all end up kneeling, side by side, in the place of judgment. Your critical or condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit.
Please–tend to your own 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. Leave them alone. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Use all your energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. Cultivate your own relationship with Me but don’t impose it on others. Live consistent with what you believe and let others do also.
God’s Question: Wouldn’t life be easier if you just got along?
God’s Promise: Kneeling before Me you’re all on the same level.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for dealing with each of us individually.
I am Sorry I ever think I understand You more than others.
Thank You for this reminder to tend my own knitting.
Please Help Me live consistent with what I believe about You.