Romans Podcast Expository Files 2018 Berkley - Page 43

Romans ~ In Matters of Opinion, Tolerance
Rom. 15:1-7
Remember, from Romans 14 – in our relationships, where there is no sin – we
are to be tolerant, patient and never cause a brother to stumble. We are to be
firm against sin (see Rom. 16:17,18), but tolerant toward people who differ from
us, but not the point of transgression. We take that with us into chapter 15. (This
may be an unfortunate chapter division).
I may consider myself strong, knowledgeable and well-informed. I may even
consider people to be “weak” if they are not like me in their opinions and
preferences. About this Paul says, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear
with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please
his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” The Old Testament shows us the
way of harmony and peace, “that together you may with one voice glorify the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul says – about matters where no sin is involved – “…welcome one another
as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
With strength comes obligation. If I think I’m strong – rather than boasting
about my strength, my inclination should be, to help others become strong! I
shouldn’t do that through imposing myself on people, or being belligerent or
controlling or distant. Through influence and well-given instruction, I can accept
the obligation to help the weak. With strength comes obligation.
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