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Romans 14:5–23

One person considers one day to be above another day. h Someone else considers every day to be the same. Each one must be fully convinced in his own mind. i Whoever observes the day, observes it for the honor of the Lord. j Whoever eats, eats for the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; k and whoever does not eat, it is for the Lord that he does not eat it, yet he thanks God. For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. l If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. m Christ died and came to life n for this: that He might rule over both the dead and the living. o 10 But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God. p q 11 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,

every knee will bow to Me, r

and every tongue will give praise to God. s t

12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. u

The Law of Love

13 Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. v Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way. w 14 (I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus that nothing is * unclean in itself. x Still, to someone who considers a thing to be unclean, to that one it is unclean. y) 15 For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer * walking according to love. z Do not destroy that one Christ died for by what you eat. a 16 Therefore, do not let your good be slandered, b 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, c but righteousness, peace, and joy d in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever serves Christ e in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men. f

19 So then, we must pursue what promotes peace g and what builds up one another. h 20 Do not tear down God’s work because of food. Everything is * clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats. i 21 It is a noble thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother stumble. j 22 Do you have a conviction? k Keep it to yourself before God. The man who does not condemn himself by what he approves is blessed. l 23 But whoever doubts stands condemned if he eats, m because his eating is not from a conviction, n and everything that is not from a conviction o is sin.

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