|作者簡介 鮑勃和黛比·蓋斯 Bob and Debby Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。 在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。 The Word For You Today“得力的一天”，最初在美國發行， 後來經由英國UCB電台的推廣，目前除了英國、澳洲，在全世界各地有不同的語言版本， 每季發行超過三百五十萬冊。 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師希望藉由每日的靈修小品， 使讀者得著神的啟示與靈感，更深切的渴慕神的話。|
WORK FOR UNITY
“Accept other believers who are weak in faith.”
During the first century cities like Rome attracted people from many different cultures, languages, religions, and customs. Consequently the early church’s mission to “make disciples of all the nations” (Mt 28:19) sometimes led to conflict and confusion. For example, some believers continued to observe a seventh-day Sabbath, while others who didn’t eat meat wanted to remain vegetarians. It’s the reason Paul wrote, “Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue…about what they think is right or wrong.” Note, he didn’t tell us to just tolerate or put up with them, but to “accept,” welcome, receive, acknowledge, and make allowance for those who aren’t carbon copies of us. Even though the issues we deal with nowadays are different from those of the early church, it’s easy to become divisive and judgmental. But remember, “Each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other…instead…live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble” (vv. 12-13 NLT). When legitimate differences arise on fundamental issues and there’s no wiggle room for negotiation, behave in a Christlike way without picking fights, criticizing, and looking down on people. Satan’s goal is to sidetrack us into splitting hairs while God’s kingdom suffers. Instead, “Be devoted to one another in…love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Ro 12:10 NIV). Learn to respect your fellow believers not because of who they are, but whose they are! Paul writes, “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity…so that with one heart and one mouth you may glorify…God” (Ro 15:5-6 NIV).
Romans 14:1 New Living Translation (NLT)
The Danger of Criticism
Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.