This seems to be the meaning of that aphorism, which sounds somewhat darkly (Romans 14:22), Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows. 4. In this chapter Paul is dealing with what may have been a temporary and local problem in the Roman Church, but is also one continually confronting the Church and always demanding solution. Nay, and thou mayest utterly destroy some whose profession may be so justifiable that thou art bound to believe, in a judgment of charity, that Christ died for them. That healing method is not the less excellent for being common: in things necessary let there be unity, things unnecessary let there be liberty, and in both let there be charity, then all will be well quickly.—Have it to thyself before God. While thou destroyest thy brother thou art helping forward the devil’s design, for he is the great destroyer; and, as much as in thee lies, thou art crossing the design of Christ, for he is the great Saviour, and dost not only offend thy brother, but offend Christ; for the work of salvation is that which his heart is upon. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. “Let it suffice that you have hitherto continued in this uncharitable practice, and do so no more.” The better to insinuate the exhortation, he puts himself in; Let us not; as if he had said, “It is what I have resolved against, therefore do you leave it: but judge this rather, instead of censuring the practice of others, let us look to our own, that no man put a stumbling-block, or an occasion to fall, in his brother’s way,”—proskomma, e skandalon. But the reproof is here given to the stronger and more knowing Christian: Now walkest thou not charitably. Charity to the souls of our brethren is the best charity. © 2020 Let every man search his own heart and life; he that is strict in judging and humbling himself, will not be apt to judge and despise his brother. Paul had faith in these things: I am persuaded that there is nothing unclean of itself; but he had it to himself, so as not to use his liberty to the offence of others. We must not weaken those that are weak; that is to quench the smoking flax and to break the bruised reed. 14:1 Welcome the man who is weak in the faith, but not with a view to passing judgment on his scruples. [3.] Salem Media Group. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. How preferable is the service of God to all other services! Commentary on Romans 14:19-23. Did Christ deny himself for our brethren, so as to die for them, and shall not we deny ourselves for them, so as to keep from any indulgence? Enjoy the comfort of it, but do not trouble others by a wrong use of it. That is the true comfort which we have before God. Another rule here prescribed is to those who are clear in these matters, and know their Christian liberty, yet to take heed of using it so as to give offence to a weak brother. It is indeed their sin who do speak evil of that which is good for the sake of any such circumstantial errors, but it is our folly if we give any occasion to do so. (7-9) We live and die to the Lord. Now walkest thou not charitably. Now let not this be evil spoken of. Our good often comes to be evil spoken of, because we use lawful things in an uncharitable and selfish manner. It denotes an utter destruction. As we value the reputation of the good we profess and practise, let us seek that it may not be evil-spoken of. We must deny ourselves in our appetites, inclinations, and in the use of Christian liberty, rather than obstruct and prejudice our own or others’ grace and peace. Amplified® Darby I.S.V. Let not the Christian who uses his liberty, despise his weak brother as ignorant and superstitious. Have it to thyself before God, Romans 14:22. The business of our lives is not to please ourselves, but to please God. But are any destroyed for whom Christ died? No one who has given up his name to Christ, is allowedly a self-seeker; that is against true Christianity. Of grief to our brother, “One that is weak, and thinks it unlawful to eat such and such meats, will be greatly troubled to see thee eat them, out of a concern for the honour of the law which he thinks forbids them, and for the good of thy soul which he thinks is wronged by them, especially when thou dost it wilfully and with a seeming presumption, and not with that tenderness and that care to give satisfaction to thy weak brother which would become thee.” Christians should take heed of grieving one another, and of saddening the hearts of Christ’s little ones.

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