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  • Joe Norton

Bear with the Weak (11/1/2020)

First in a series on Romans 15:1-3

“We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Romans 15:1).

Adding to his discussion of being a positive influence on those whose faith is weak, the Apostle Paul here takes the situation a step further: he teaches we must forego participating in matters of liberty that the weak have scruples against.

Those who are strong are those who know better than to confuse liberty with law—specifically, in this context, they know that eating meat is not a sin. The weak are those who don’t have this knowledge—they are unnecessarily scrupulous when it comes to such matters of liberty.

Rather than pleasing ourselves by indulging in a matter of liberty, we must give it up if it will lead our fellow Christians to sin. We must understand this teaching is only about matters of liberty: we can never violate law because of the objection of another


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