Romans 15:1–13 (NKJV)

1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:1-6

If you are stronger in the faith, or if you have come to grips with a matter of conviction and feel that you are on the right side of a debatable practice, you may feel superior and at liberty to pursue your position, but who will it hurt? “Bear with the scruples of the weak” Paul says. In other words, do not take your liberty at the expense of someone less liberated. If you consider others first, then you shall not offend.

7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:

“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
And sing to Your name.”

10 And again he says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”

11 And again:

“Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!”

12 And again, Isaiah says:

“There shall be a root of Jesse;
And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:7-13

In a related thought, the Jews felt greatly superior to Gentiles, and wanted to make no room for them in the kingdom of God. However, Paul reminds the Jews that they should not use their nationality or identity to exclude others from the faith. Instead, the very Old Testament Scriptures that they held dear prophesied of a day when Gentiles would take their place alongside Jews (who had accepted Christ) and be saved. This truth makes it necessary for any believer to make room for another believer, regardless of race or color, nationality or family lineage. So make room for the weak. Make room for the people from another nationality and lineage. Make room for everyone, and help them find their way with joy and ease. Let’s work together to help every one of us go to Heaven. That is the will of God.

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