Weekly Spiritual Digest: Do Not Criticize & Continue To Live For the Lord


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Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.

Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants?

Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval. Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.

If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead. So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For the Scriptures say, 

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God. ’”

(Romans 14:1-4, 6, 8-11 NLT)

In this scripture, Apostle Paul reminds us of Jesus’ teachings: “Do not judge others and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged”  (Matthew 7:1-3 NLT)

As children of God we serve only one Master. And as such, we only answer to HIM for our mistakes and our sins. Don’t act as Lord or Master of others just because you feel the need to correct their mistakes or beliefs. Who gave you divine rights to be master of men and women?

So don’t waste your time and energy; judging and condemning those who don’t share your beliefs or morals. Our time and energy is better spent on HIM. God has already accepted those who eat and pray differently than us, so don’t worry about it and enjoy Life! Like a servant to his master we must also learn to respect the wishes of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Be loyal and faithful to HIS teachings because HE has given so much onto us–and HIS love is eternal.

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