Romans 14:11: “It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’”

We are all equals in the eyes of the Lord; there is no hierarchy in His love. God’s love seems strange to us, because we usually love some people more than others.

We live in a world of hierarchies and that is all we know. The strong ones make it to the top and the weak ones are being dominated. That has been our reality for as long as we can remember. However, this is not God’s reality.

When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans he lived in the time of the Roman Empire, and the Roman Empire was based on conquest and rule by the sword. The gods of strength were worshiped in Rome. Submission of peoples and tribes all over the ancient world added to the Roman Empire and left a trail of blood. Somehow this mindset seeped into the Roman congregation and so, intolerance reared its ugly head. Established believers began to look down on other believers who did not measure up. The apostle Paul recognized that and wrote (Romans 14:1)

“Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.”

He goes on to say (Romans 14:10):

“You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.”

Accepting the weak without judging them is a novelty to the Roman mind and I dare say to a degree also to our minds today. Acceptance begins with distinguishing disputable matters and letting things go instead of insisting on being right. 

Every knee will bow and recognize God one day. God is indisputable; however, He gains no one through the sword.  God has children, no blind following and His children know they do not need to compete for His love. God loves His children no less than He loves His Son.

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