Redemption in Romans, Lesson 13


I am writing tonight from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.

This week’s SS Lesson covers Romans 14-16. Now Romans 13 ends with Paul telling us “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” Paul is telling us to set a high standard for ourselves. In Romans 14 He transitions from looking at self to our attitude towards others, telling us, “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations,” and “Let us not therefore judge one another any more.” What jumped out at me here, is that while Paul is telling us to set a high standard for ourselves, he also tells us not to judge our brother just because he does not have the same standards we do. This reminds me of something a pastor told me back in Texas, “We need to be conservative towards ourselves and liberal towards others.” How I interpret that is, We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard but not expect anyone else to have the exact same standards we do.

 

I remember when I was first learning how to golf I would go to the driving range. I was self conscious with the other golfers there who could see me. I don’t say watching because in reality they probably weren’t paying any attention to me at all but I thought they were. I did not want them to see me mess up. I would be relieved though when I saw them mess up, because it made me not feel so bad about myself when I saw that they too messed up. Then I remembered, something Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:12, “they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” Again I was reminded to not watch others, but to strive for a higher standard.  I pray for God to help me reach His standard while at the same time accepting and not judging my brother.

 

 You may find more studies and devotionals at In Light of the Cross.

3 thoughts on “Redemption in Romans, Lesson 13”

  1. this lesson hit home for me because recently i was judging others. Meaning,i was in the cafeteria at the V.A Hospital recently and a lady in front of me was ordering lunch. A “pork” made hotdog. I said to myself,”Yuck how can she eat such garbage?” then i remembered “SHE’S NOT ME”. I see other working working on the Sabbath,like washing their cars in the neighborhood on the Sabbath and again i have to remind myself “THEY ARE NOT ME”. And the only person i need to hold accountable is myself. And the only Person i need to answer to is The Lord..Amen.

  2. Yet ANOTHER beautiful picture! I certainly look forward to discovering where and what you’ve been up to, by seeing your ‘featured photo’. I hope you can keep up the good work. It’s going to just get harder and harder to become better and better.
    However…as with our own decision to fulfill Gods command to become more ‘righteous’…. the more we practice….the better we get, and the better we get…the MORE blessings God will give unto us.

  3. i enjoyed the sabbath school lesson..being housebound like i am most of the time. reading these,keeps me in touch with my faith. thanks.God Bless..robert.

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