Romans Chapter 14

Tehillim (Psalms) 119:103-105 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Romans 14:1-6 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. One man has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. Let not him who eats regard with contempt him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for G-d has accepted him. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the L-rd is able to make him stand. One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the L-rd, and he who eats, does so for the L-rd, for he gives thanks to G-d; and he who eats not, for the L-rd he does not eat, and gives thanks to G-d.

Scripture is clear: Who are you to judge another servant in these things?

If I value one day or not I do it to the L-rd.

This is between G-d and His servant.

Does the L-rd want worship that is forced or of the mindset it is something that has to be done?

It is written:

Romans 14:7-8 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the L-rd, or if we die, we die for the L-rd; therefore whether we live or die, we are the L-rd's.

Everything we do is for the L-rd.

Romans 14:9-13 For to this end Messiah (Christ) died and lived again, that He might be L-rd both of the dead and of the living. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of G-d. For it is written, "As I live, says the L-rd, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to G-d." So then each one of us shall give account of himself to G-d. 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.

For all shall stand before the judgment seat of Yeshua. This is talking about Yeshua and us all.

The "Judgment Seat of Yeshua" is the same as the Bema Judgment that we discussed when we studied Revelation. This is a judgment for the believers only.

See our study on the "Bema Judgment".

We will give account of all we have done.

Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 49:18 "Lift up your eyes and look around; All of them gather together, they come to you. As I live," declares the L-RD, "You shall surely put on all of them as jewels, and bind them on as a bride.

Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 45:23 "I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.

G-d will not be pleased with judging our brothers. This grieves Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). You will have to stand before Him one day.

Yeshua's death had set me free!

What did it cost Him? Death. The price was high for this freedom.

Are we going to limit this freedom in Yeshua?

Are we going to call this freedom "sin" in another person's life?

Have you no fear?

Romans 14:14-19 I know and am convinced in the L-rd Yeshua (Jesus) that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 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 Messiah (Christ) died. Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of G-d is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). For he who in this way serves Messiah (Christ) is acceptable to G-d and approved by men. So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Let us be charitable and edify one another in this.

Romans 14:20-23 Do not tear down the work of G-d for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before G-d. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

If it bothers your brother what you eat. Do not eat this thing in front of him. This is a loving attitude for the sake of our brother. It may cause him to stumble. If his conscience bothers him concerning this and he does not have this faith, it is than sin to him. Be gracious to him and be kind. This brings peace.

If your brother feels free in this area, do not judge. This brings peace.

We have two extremes. Those that judge unjustly and those that wish to force this freedom on others. Neither one is acting in love.

There are things more important than eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). For this is what the Father is pleased with in serving Yeshua.