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The Correct Way to Have Faith

John Collins03/04/2012In Romans 14, Paul told us to receive not only the brothers and sisters who are strong in the faith, but those that are weak in the faith as well.  He said not to receive them to dispute, but instead to help them.

He referred to the week and the strong as those eating, and that we should not despise those that do not eat at all, saying that we should not despise those who had no faith at all.  Those who eat, or had faith, should not judge those that did not eat, or had no faith, for God had received them.

Paul asked, "Who are you to judge another man's servant?  To his own master, he stands or falls, and he is able to stand for God is able to make him stand."

He that regards the day regards it for the Lord, and he that does not regard the day does not regard it for the Lord.  He that eats, or has faith, does so for the Lord and gives the Lord thanks for it.  He that does not eat, or does not have faith, does not eat it for the Lord, yet he gives the same God thanks.  

None of us live for ourselves, and none of us die for ourselves.  Whether we live or whether we die, we do so for the Lord.  The path that we choose, to live or die, we are all the Lord's children.  For this end, Christ both died, rose, and lived again so that He might be the Lord of both the living and the dead.

"Why do you judge your brothers?" Paul asked.  "Why do you separate yourselves from your brothers?  We ALL will stand at the Judgement seat of Christ!"

It is witten in the scriptures that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess to God.  Every one of us will give an account of themselves to God.

Therefore, we should not judge one another any more.  Instead, we should judge that no man puts a stumblingblock or any situation that would hurt a brother in his journey.

Paul said that he knows and is persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean by itself.  It is unclean to him that says it is unclean or feels condemned by doing it.

If your brother or sister is grieved by your meat (or faith), then you walk not in love.  Don't destroy him with your meat (or faith), for which Christ has died.  Do not let the good that you do be spoken evil by others who do not have faith.

The kingdom of God is not meat and drink as these examples, but is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  He that has righteousness and peace and joy serves Christ, and is acceptable to God, and is approved of men.

Therefore, we should seek the things that make peace, and edify one another.  The meat (or faith) should not destroy the work of God.  All things are pure, but it is evil for a man who eats (or has faith) with offense.  Paul said it was not good to take communion or anything else if it made a brother stumble, get offended or get weak.  

Paul said, "Do you have faith?  Have it alone before God.  You will be happy if you do not condemn yourself in the things that you do.  Those that doubt are condemned if they eat, because they do not eat by faith.  Whatever is not of faith is of sin. 

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  do we despise those who do not have the same faith we do?  Do we judge another man or woman for the way they live their lives?  Or do we judge our brothers in the faith who put stumbling blocks before others?  Do we separate ourselves from other churches who serve the same God?  Do we show our faith in private as Paul said to do, or do we show it in front of others that might get offended?  Do we seek after peace and love?  Do we try to have faith in things we really don't believe, which Paul says is sin?