The Doorpost for July 2013: Correct convictions, wrong behavior

Mike Miller  ·  Jul 01, 2013

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Romans 15:1-2

mezuzahIt is possible to have convictions and practices that are Biblically correct, and still be dead wrong.

As we follow Jesus Christ, we reach convictions about specific ways we should live our lives to obey Him. We believe that our ideas are based on solid Biblical thinking and are more correct than those of other believers who do not have the same convictions. How should we treat those who are living for Christ but have different practices? In Romans 14 and 15, God gives us instructions.

The strong should bear with the weak and seek to build them up. Verse 14:13 tells us not to pass judgment on one another, but rather to concentrate on not putting a stumbling block or hindrance in another’s way. Verse 14:19 tells us to pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

Are you strong in Christ? Then you have an obligation to bear with and build up your weaker brother, not to please yourself.

For the Kingdom,

Ray King