Criticism

Criticism is everywhere.  It’s where you work, in your home, among your friends, everywhere.  We, as humans, have a tendency to want to criticize those around us.  It’s so important that we watch our criticism.  I know, it’s easy to criticize.  Specifically, some people make it really easy.  But we aren’t to do that.

Romans 14:1-4:

Romans 14

   1Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

   2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

   3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

   4Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Starting with Christians that are not as strong in the faith.  Well, that’s the first part of the verse.  But the second part states, “but not to doubtful disputations.”

dis·pu·ta·tion

http://sp.dictionary.com/dictstatic/d/g/speaker.swf [dis-pyoo-tey-shuhn]  Show IPA

noun

1.  the act of disputing  or debating; verbal controversy;discussion or debate.
2.  an academic exercise consisting of the arguing of a thesis between its maintainer and its opponents.
3.  Obsolete . conversation.

I believe that the first one is the one that makes the most sense.  But not to doubtful debate.  So, we are to not debate with those that are not as strong in the faith.

  2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

While as an omnivore, I would love to take this verse literally, but it is not meant to be taken literally.  It is saying that there are different views to consider.  In the Christian faith, there will be different views during different parts of our walk.  You become stronger in your walk when you read and learn.

 3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

This continues with this line of thought.  We should not despise the one that eats or does not eat, the one that dives in to the word, or does not.  God has received both, depending on their declaration.

4Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Who is s/he that judges another man’s servant? To his own master, he stands or falls.  For the one that doesn’t judge will be held up, for God makes him stand tall.

Now, that all being said, one thing to bear in mind is that once you are truly full of the Holy Spirit, you can’t help but want to follow the path that God has laid out.  You want nothing more than to be right with the Lord.  You want more than nothing to follow the path that Jesus took.  You conscience just won’t let you want to follow the world, you have the strongest desire ever, to follow the Lord and His ways.

My advice, start with the big 10.  If you look at the 10 commandments, the world’s laws are based on God’s laws, just more specific because man has a way of skirting around the laws.  Check them out, they aren’t that hard to follow.

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