Romans 14:1-12 (NIV)

Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.  3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.  10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.  11 It is written: ” ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ ” 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

Romans 14:4 (NRSV)

Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another?  It is before their own lord that they stand or fall.

DEVOTION – Diane Haviland (New Jersey)

My husband and I traveled to Israel with a Christian tour group.  On the eighth day of our trip, we visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  The Western Wall is massive limestone wall where people come to pray.

Men, women, and children of all ages and different religious traditions, dressed in all types of garb, were slowly moving to and from the wall.  As I made my way to the wall to insert my prayer list in one of the crevices between the stones, I noticed with great dismay a woman talking on a cell phone.  Just like home, I thought.  Here we are in a holy place, and she’s talking on the phone!  Suddenly the woman moved the phone from her ear to the wall, help it there for a few moments, and then left quietly.  She had been helping someone who couldn’t be present to be part of praying at the wall with others.  I had just witnessed an expression of the faith of two individuals and a loving act.  I often recall this event, and I’ve recounted it to others on several occasions.

How many times in the course of a week or even a day do we judge before knowing all the facts?  And for that matter, what right do we have to judge another at all?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Love one another – and leave judgment to God.

LINK2LIFE: Go to devotional.upperroom.org/blog to see Diane’s photos of the Western Wall.

PRAYER:  Dear Lord, help us not to judge but rather to listen and to help others.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: For Peace in the Middle East

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