Romans for Youth
Commentary by Pastor Ron
Romans Chapter 14
Verse 1. “Now
accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose
of passing judgment on his opinions.”
You may think somebody is “weak” in
their faith. But you are to ACCEPT them and not judge them.
Verse 2. “One
person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is
weak eats vegetables only.”
The Jews of that time were only allowed
to eat certain foods. You may believe you can eat ANY kind
of food, but a person “weak” in faith, may NOT be able to
eat what you can.
Verse 3. “The
one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does
not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the
one who eats, for God has accepted him.”
We are NOT under God’s Law if we TRUST
in Christ, except for this: we are to LOVE one another (and
accept them) – even when they do things differently than we
Verse 4. “Who
are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master
he stands or falls; and he
will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”
When someone believes in Jesus, but
goes to a church where they worship differently – we are NOT
to judge them. The LORD is our judge and He is the one who
can bring us (and them) through.
Verse 5. “One
person regards one day above another, another regards every
day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own
Some worship God on Saturday and others
on Sunday. You may worship Him EVERY day. The Holy Spirit
does not lead us to all be the same. Worship God when and
how YOU know it is right for you.
Verse 6. “He
who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who
eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and
he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives
thanks to God.”
When you follow your conscience and
honestly thank God and serve Him the best you know how, He
will be pleased with you and what you have done. He also
loves those who don’t give thanks exactly like you do.
Verse 7. “For
not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for
We live for the Lord and we will go to
be with Him when HE chooses. We were created to love
others, and we show our love by ACCEPTING them, even when
they believe and act differently than we do.
Verse 8. “for
if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for
the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the
Whether we keep on living or not, we
are the Lord’s. We live for Him and our lives are His. We
don’t need to worry about OTHERS who love Him, for they are
Verse 9. “For
to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be
Lord both of the dead and of the living.”
Jesus Christ didn’t need to die, but He
did – He died for you and me. Through dying and returning
to life, He showed us He is Lord of us all, whether we are
alive or have gone to be with the Lord.
“But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why
do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all
stand before the judgment seat of God.”
As Jesus said, we are NOT to be
“judges” of each other, and we should not have bad thoughts
about others – we are no better than they are.
“For it is written, ‘as I live, says the Lord, every knee
shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.”
This verse quotes Isaiah 45:23. We are
to love the Lord God and worship Him. We are to praise Him
and not worry so much about what other people are doing.
Verse 12. “So
then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.”
God is our judge, and each of us will
be judged by HIM, not each other. We will have to explain
it to God, if we have mean thoughts about others.
“Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather
determine this--not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block
in a brother's way.”
Because God is our Judge (not you and
me), it’s time to ACCEPT others. Don’t think or say bad
things about them. He loves them as much as He loves you.
Verse 14. “I
know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is
unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be
unclean, to him it is unclean.”
If others love Jesus, but worship Him
differently than you do – don’t worry! It’s GOD who decides
if we (and they) are clean and pure inside. Trust in Jesus
for it’s HIM who makes us clean.
“For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no
longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your
food him for whom Christ died.”
Someone believes that certain foods are
wrong for them in the sight of God. That’s OK – Christ died
for them, just like He did for everybody else. We are to be
NICE to others who are in Christ, even if they are DIFFERENT
than we are.
“Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken
of as evil;”
Don’t nag at others to be like you
are. You may be free to do what others cannot do, but if
you try to make them be like you, it will cause harm.
“for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
It isn’t what you can or cannot eat or
drink that is important. If you trust in Christ; if you
know God’s peace and are full of joy in His Holy Spirit –
THAT’S what is important in the kingdom of God.
“For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God
and approved by men.”
If you are right in Christ, if you have
His peace, if you have received His Holy Spirit and know His
joy; DON’T try to force others to be just like you – Accept
them! It will please God, and other people will like you.
Verse 19. “So
then we pursue the things which make for peace and the
building up of one another.”
Our job in Christ is to HELP others, “building”
them up, not tearing them down. We are to be at PEACE with
others who love Jesus Christ.
Verse 20. “Do
not tear down the work of God for the sake of foods. All
things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who
eats and gives offense.”
God is creating love in the hearts of
His people. You can do what is right in the sight of God
for you, but don’t “rub it in” to others or force them to be
just like you.
Verse 21. “It
is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything
by which your brother
You have FREEDOM in Christ, but
somebody else who loves the Lord as much as you do, may have
a different “freedom” from you. Don’t do anything that will
lead others into what is “sin” for them.
“The faith which you have, have as your own conviction
before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what
When you trust (have faith) in Jesus
Christ, the Holy Spirit of God is with you. He helps you
know what to say, what to think and what to do. Doing what
is right for you will make you happy.
“But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his
eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is
is trusting the Holy Spirit, who is “telling” you what will
please God and is helping you to not “sin” (do bad things).
If He wants you to do or not do something, like eating or
not eating a certain food, then do what He wants. (You'll be
happy if you do - Verse 22).
Ron Beckham, Pastor
Friday Study Ministries