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Help others to enjoy their Christianity
01 Him that is weak in the faith [in your opinion] receive you [you should fellowship with], but not to doubtful disputations [or arguments]. 02 For one believes that he may eat all things [even meat that has been offered to idols]: another, who is weak [or different], eats [only] herbs [or vegetables, because he believes there has been a spilling of blood to the idol from the animals].
03 Let not him that eats despise him that eats not; and let not him which eats not judge him that eats: for God has received him. 04 Who are you that judge another man's servant? To his own Master he stands or falls. Yes, he shall be held up: for God is able to make him stand. [If we do not allow this freedom, we are not with God, for "God has received him". ] Note 2
05 One man esteems [or praises] one [holy] day above another [in his opinion]. Another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 06 He that regards the day, regards it to the Lord; and he that regards not the day, to the Lord he does not regard it.
He that eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks. And he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and [still] gives God thanks.
07 For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. 08 For whether we live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we die to the Lord. Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 09 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living. Note 3
Dont judge or condemn
10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you set at nought [or treat as dirt] your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written,
As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself [directly] to God. 13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. Note 4
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself. But to him that esteems [or believes] any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if your brother be grieved [or upset] with your meat [or food], now you do not walk charitably [or in love]. Destroy him not with your meat [or food], for whom Christ died.
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of.
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat [or food] and drink;
but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Note 5
18 For he that in these things serves Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men [for being practical]. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify [or help] another. 20 For [or because of] meat destroy not the work of God.
All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for that man who eats with offence [or believing it to be wrong]. 21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak. Note 6
22 Have you faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows. 23 And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Note 7
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