Posted by Melissa
Have you ever watched preschoolers fight over something silly like a crayon or an old broken toy? One of them will pick it up, and the other one will swear that it is his. Then the shouting starts, followed by the screaming, then the pushing, and finally, the crying.
How did something so small get so blown out of proportion? The sad fact, though, is that we’re really not that different from the preschoolers.
Read Romans 14:5-12, making note of verse 10.
What kinds of disagreements were the people in this passage having?
Since we are all living (and dying) and eating (and not eating) for the Lord, what should our attitudes be? (Hint: See 1 Cor. 10:31.)
Why should we avoid criticizing and looking down on other believers?
What do you find yourself criticizing other believers about? Why? Is it really important, or are you making a big deal out of something insignificant?
In the Christian life, there are some things worth fighting for. Jesus is God. Jesus rose from the dead. God created all things. Jesus is the only way to salvation. God is three-in-one.
Be ready to stand firm on those things, but know that there are also things that we don’t need to fight over. Sometimes, we can make a big deal out of something insignificant. Many believers have lost good relationships and some churches have split because of this.
When you have a disagreement with another believer, search the Scriptures and ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom to distinguish between the things that are of first importance and the things on which you can agree to disagree.