If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 45, Mark 15, Job 11, Romans 15. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Romans 15.
Romans 15 continued the thought Paul began in Romans 14 when he commanded the believers to “accept the one whose faith is weak” (14:1). In areas where God’s word has not directly spoken, where scripture has to be applied and that application varies among believers, we are to act with love toward others. Loving other believers means not judging someone who makes different choices, if their choices are made in faith. It also means not using the freedom you have in your conscience to cause others to sin or face temptation. Today's reading in Romans 15 continued that discussion by instructing believers to put up with others instead of trying to please ourselves. Romans 15:2 says, “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up” while verse 3 reminds us that Christ did this during his life on earth. What are some are ways you can think of that believers carelessly cause others to be tempted or even to sin? Or, how can we be more Christlike by acting to please others instead of ourselves in areas of Christian liberty?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.