Romans 14 New American Standard Bible

Those Weak in Faith

14 1  Now accept the one who is weak in faith , but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions . 2  One person has faith that he may eat all things , but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3  The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat , and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats , for God has accepted him. 4  Who are you to judge the servant of another ? To his own master he stands or falls ; and he will stand , for the Lord is able to make him stand . 5  One person regards one day above another , another e regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind . 6  He who observes the day , observes it for the Lord , and he who eats , does so for the Lord , for he gives thanks to God ; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat , and gives thanks to God . 7  For not one of us lives for himself , and not one dies for himself ; 8  for if we live , we live for the Lord , or if we die , we die for the Lord ; therefore whether e we live or e die , we are the Lord's . 9  For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living . 10  But you, why do you judge your brother ? Or you again , why do you regard your brother with contempt ? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God . 11  For it is written , " AS I LIVE , SAYS THE Lord , EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD ." 12  So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God . 13  Therefore let us not judge one another anymore , but rather determine this - not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother's way. 14  I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself ; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean , to him it is unclean . 15  For if because of food your brother is hurt , you are no longer walking according to love . Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died . 16  Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil ; 17  for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking , but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit . 18  For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men . 19  So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another . 20  Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food . All things indeed are clean , but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense . 21  It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine , or to do anything by which your brother stumbles . 22  The faith which you have , have as your own conviction before God . Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves . 23  But he who doubts is condemned if he eats , because his eating is not from faith ; and whatever e is not from faith is sin .

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