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Romans 15
In the previous section, which is chapter 14:1-23, Paul exhorted the strong believer to accept the weak believer, who did not understand our Christian liberty in the areas of diet and religious holidays.
He basically wrote to "live and let live."
He wrote that the strong believer should not judge the weaker one or even sinfully challenge him by ignoring his areas of weakness. And likewise, anyone who chooses to follow dietary and holiday observances, Paul exhorts that such ones should not judge those who do not follow them.

At 14:17, Paul wrote that rules about "eating and drinking," AND in context, observance of days, were not an issue for living in the kingdom of God here on earth. The issue is to enjoy the abundant life of peace and joy that comes through knowledge and application of God's word.
At 14:19 Paul paved the way for the proper way to deal with the weak believer that he will write about in chapter 15. "so then let us pursue the things of the peace, and the building up of one another."
Basically, in chapter 14, Paul states that the believer is "weak in the faith" if he adheres to religious restrictions in diet and adheres to the observance of days. But he also exhorts that there should be no prideful judging of one upon another. He basically gives support to whatever a person believes about diet and observance of days, in two statements.
(1) Verse 14:5, "let each one be fully convinced in his own mind."
(2) Verse 14:22, "the faith which you have, have according to yourself before God."

But then in chapter 15, he clarifies that the strong believer is under an obligation to provide more accurate knowledge to the weak believer so that he can experience fully the quality of life that God has provided for us.


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