Do not be a stumbling block to your brother. Nothing is unclean in itself. However, you should not injure another by what you eat. Good is not evil. The kingdom of God is about the Holy Spirit. Serve Christ and be acceptable to God. Pursue peace. Everything is clean, but do not make your brother stumble for the sake of food. You have your own correct faith, so that faith is important. Anything not coming from faith is sin. Have you ever put a stumbling block in the way of your brother?
Why do you pass judgment when there is only one judgment seat of God? We should praise God because we are accountable to God. God is the only judge. Why do you try to judge your brother?
Paul asked is one day better than another? The honor of the Lord is more important. Abstain or eat, but do it for the Lord. You will live and die. We belong to the Lord of the living and the dead. Do you fast on certain days?
Paul said to welcome the man who is weak in faith. The weak only eat vegetables. The question was whether to abstain from certain foods or not. Do not despise those people who abstain from certain foods? Who are you to judge to judge others? Each person will be judged by their own master. Do you judge other people?
Paul said that they were children of the light. They should wake up and put on the armor of light. The hour of salvation is nearby. The day is at hand. Therefore, there should be no more reveling, drunkenness, debauchery, licentiousness, quarreling, or jealousy. They were to live honorably by putting on Jesus Christ. They were to live and die for Christ. Do you live in the light of Christ?
Paul said that they should not owe anyone. Christians are no longer under the law of Moses, but under the grace of God. They do not need to live under the law because their minds have been renewed. They should love one another. They know instinctively what God wants from them. The law then provides an objective standard for judging progress in the lifelong process of renewal. Love is a summary of the commandments. Thus, love fulfills the law. Do you fulfill the law of love?
Paul said that the Christian Romans were to obey government authorities. They should not resist authority, because all authority comes from God. They should live a life of good conduct, accepting the role of authority. Rulers, who are God’s servants, help to bring about good conduct, since they execute the wrath of God. However, there was room for the role of conscience. They should pay taxes and pay everyone. They should honor those who are due honor. Do you respect civil authorities?
Paul said that they should bless their persecutors, not curse them. They should rejoice and weep, but not be proud. They were not to repay evil but live-in peace. They had to leave room for the wrath of God. They should give their enemies something to eat and drink. Thus, they would overcome evil with good. How do you deal with evil?
Paul goes on to describe how believers should live. They had to have genuine love, agape. They were to love one another, and at the same time serve the Lord. Hating people was evil. They had to be constant in prayer. They had to practice hospitality. Do you practice genuine love for other people?
Paul said that they had to discern the will of God, but they should not think of themselves too highly. These Christians were like many members with different functions within the one body of Christ. They had a variety of charismatic gifts, like prophecy, ministering, teaching, exhorting, and mercy giving. Do you have a specific Christian charism?