Day 66/260: Read Romans 14
Unity is a hallmark of Christianity. We must be in agreement on those things that are revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus prayed for the unity of all believers (John 17:20-21) and Paul wrote by inspiration, “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
This does not mean that our opinions will always align with one another, however. We must be careful that we do not allow our opinions on matters not revealed in God’s Word to become points of contention in the church. Too many congregations have split over matters of expediency. The number of cups used during communion, the use of technology, even the color of the carpet—such things should never cause division in the Lord’s body.
To Paul’s point in this chapter—some ate meat, others did not. When you are with a brother who is opposed to the eating of meat, don’t eat meat. It’s that simple. Let your love for him trump your Christian liberty.
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
Mark 2:17. When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Pray for unity in the Lord’s body, and for humility in your relationship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.