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In Romans 14:1-12, the apostle Paul addresses the issue of differences within the church community. He urges believers to accept one another and not pass judgment on disputable matters. Paul reminds us that we are all accountable to God, and it is not our place to judge others based on personal convictions.

As Christians, we often find ourselves in situations where we encounter differing opinions and practices. Whether it’s about food, holy days, or any other disputable matter, Paul encourages us to extend grace and love to one another. Instead of focusing on our differences, we should strive to build unity within the body of Christ.

It is essential to acknowledge that everyone’s faith journey is unique. What may be a stumbling block for one person may not affect another. Rather than imposing our convictions on others, we should seek to understand their perspective and respect their choices.

When we judge others based on disputable matters, we create division and hinder the growth of the church. Paul reminds us that we will all stand before God’s judgment seat, and it is God alone who has the authority to judge. Instead of wasting energy on passing judgment, let us focus on living in a way that pleases God and edifies one another.

By embracing our differences, we demonstrate the love of Christ to the world. Our unity in diversity becomes a powerful testimony of God’s grace and acceptance. When we accept one another, despite our differences, we create a safe space for growth, learning, and fellowship.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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