Romanos 14

1 WELCOME him who is weak in the faith, but not in order to decide disputed questions.

2 One man believes in eating all things. The weak man eats vegetables.

3 The man who eats is not to despise the one who does not eat, and he who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats. For God has accepted him.

4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls, and stand he will, for God is able to make him stand.

5 One man esteems one day above another, another man esteems every day. Let each be fully persuaded in his own mind.

6 He who regards the day regards it to the Lord and he who eats eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God. And he who does not eat abstains for the Lord and gives thanks to God.

7 For no one of us is living for himself and no one dies for himself.

8 If we live we live for the Lord and if we die we die for the Lord. So whether we live or die we are the Lord's.

9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, in order that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you treat your brother with contempt? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.

11 For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend to me and every tongue shall confess to God."

12 So then each one of us shall give account for himself to God.

13 Therefore let us no longer judge one another, but let us rather decide not to put a stumbling block in a brother's way, or anything to trip him up.

14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is defiling in itself. But to one who thinks anything to be defiling it is defiling.

15 If because of your food your brother is grieved, you are no longer walking in love. Do not with your food destroy him for whom Christ died.

16 Do not let what is good to you be spoken of as evil.

17 For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

18 For he who thus serves Christ is pleasing to God and esteemed by men.

19 Therefore, let us seek for what makes for peace and our mutual upbuilding.

20 Do not for the sake of food break down the work of God. All things are pure, but anything is evil to the man who eats it with a feeling of doing wrong.

21 It is noble not to eat meat or to drink wine or to do anything over which your brother stumbles.

22 The faith that you have, have to yourself before God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself for what he allows himself.

23 He who has doubts and still eats stands condemned, because he is not acting from faith. But whatever does not spring from faith is sin.