“Acquit One Another” (Romans 14: 8, NEB) by Carley Evans

Jesus dies and returns to life again; therefore, He becomes Lord of both the living and the dead. Therefore Paul asks: “You, sir, why do you pass judgment on your brother? And you, sir, why do you hold your brother in contempt? We shall all stand before God’s tribunal.” (Romans 14: 10)

Each of us — whether we live or whether we die — belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. “Each of us will have to answer for Himself.” (Romans 14: 12)

“Let us therefore cease judging one another.” (Romans 14: 13) Rather, writes Paul, let our conduct be guided by love. (Romans 14: 15) The apostle reminds us that “[we] may speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if [we] are without love, [we] are sounding gongs or clanging cymbals.” (1 Corinthians 13: 1) “If [we] have no love, [we] are nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13: 2)

Jesus says, “Pass no judgment, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; acquit, and you will be acquitted; give, and gifts will be given you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; for whatever measure you deal out to others will be dealt to you in return.” (Luke 7: 37 – 38)

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