Welcome to my online blog for our Vineyard Life Journal!
This forum IS NOT for debate or to correct each other, but to share our insights and observations. (Actually, I will be keeping a pretty tight rein on the comments section, and I will have the ability to block trolls, spammers or those who just want to stir the pot.)
Before you comment or read what I have posted, read today’s passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… (If you read mine first, it may taint what you think.)
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Click here for today’s reading: Romans 13, 14, 15, 16
Here is my SOAP for today, Monday, December 3, 2018
Romans13:8 “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
Romans14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.”
22 “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.”
Romans15:7 “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you…”
14 “I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness…”
Romans16:25 “Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
(Funny, I just spoke on Romans 15 yesterday at church.)
Romans 14 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It helps us walk this out in practical terms. It helps us deal with “gray” areas of belief and practice.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:22 is one of the most clear, straightforward verses in the entire Bible: “So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” We are not to ram our personal beliefs down others’ throats. We are to be sensitive to how others believe and act on matters of conscience.
Lord, help me to always be thoughtful toward how others believe.