vv 12-13. Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
I don’t know about you, but this has been a tough week of readings for me. I’ve been challenged by the behaviour of David and Solomon, and then by the practical demands of living with good relationships in home, Church, and work. Differences of opinion often occur, even in the life of the most peaceful families and churches, as Paul hints in this section of his letter to the Roman Christians. Paul challenges us all to make right decisions about our relationships with fellow Christians. Reconciliation, which leads to practical harmony and mutual love begins with the recognition that we must give an account of our behaviour to God, and continues with a daily decision not to condemn others for what they do, but rather learn to love and respect them.
Lord – help me to be a peacemaker in every relationship I experience.