“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves” (Romans 15:1).

While scripture gives clear directives on certain sinful practices and behaviors, there are other matters left to the conscience of the individual believer. For instance, today’s verse is set in the context of such conscionable issues as food, drink, and the observance of particular days. Paul’s guiding word to the church is that even if one has the freedom in Christ to partake, consideration and not judgment should be given to the weaker brethren. To flaunt one’s freedom is arrogant, prideful, and immature. The strong in the faith recognize that freedom in Christ is a responsibility and never a license to do as one pleases.

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