So here is the first full song I have learned on my guitar.
Tangled Up In You - by Aaron Lewis.
I think this will be my next song to learn
1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.To dispute is to contend with one another, to debate, to argue, to do that which is contrary to the offering of acceptance and love. Paul continues to acknowledge that we all have a different understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.As we grow in the gospel we understand aspects of it differently at different times. This is to be expected and we need not use this as an excuse to contend with one another and separate ourselves from one another and thereby prevent the bonds of love that should prevail with disciples of Christ.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.Jesus told us himself that to be a disciple of his means to love others. It is not to convince others of the error of their ways, or correct them, or to guilt them into repentance. It is to love them. This is the mechanism by which all of His work is to be accomplished. Paul goes on in teaching the Romans:
3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.Because we do not yet understand all things, let us not condemn, or hate, or treat each other harshly because of it. Who is to say which man has the perfect understanding? But let God receive each man and be the one to determine wherein righteousness is found. It may be that righteousness is found in both. We know not each man's heart. We know not what instruction from the Lord each man hath received.
4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.We are not the masters of each other. We are all servants to God. He only we are beholden to. He is our master. We are the master of none. God will support and sustain His people regardless of what opinion we may hold of them. If because of our opinion we fail to see, accept, and love his sons and daughters it will not deter Him from saving them. And should we be found in this state, a state wherein we are refusing to accept that which God has chosen to accept, what will we be able to say for ourselves?
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.He that regardeth the Lord is on a path wherein the Lord is leading Him, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little. That path may be similar, or vastly different from ours.
6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.All of us, and all of this, belongs to Christ.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.God will judge. We need not worry that someone will escape judgement and somehow gain a reward where there is no merit. For we are all beggars, and sinners and therefore of ourselves merit nothing. Paul tells us to not judge one another.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.Paul is telling us that when we judge others, we become a stumbling block to them. We become the thing that is now making it difficult for our brother or sister to come unto the Savior. We are the problem. It is us that now the Savior must work around to save this soul. Do we understand the gravity of the position in which we are placing ourselves? To be an obstacle to the Savior in his effort to save the sons and daughters of God!
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.For those striving to follow the savior, our efforts are accepted of Him. Even if the efforts of one are quite different than the efforts of another. He accepts all the efforts of those who are sincere and striving to come unto Him. We do what we know in doing His work, when we know better, we do better, and so thus is the pattern of salvation. We must not refuse to accept what the Savior would accept, even when the offering is, in our opinion, inferior to the offering we ourselves might make.
15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.It is wrong for us to put forth our own understanding of the gospel (my meat) in such a way as to make others feel inferior or guilty or berated because their understanding is not the same. For then my understanding of the gospel becomes "evil spoke of" and it profiteth neither of us.
16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.For the gospel of Jesus Christ is not found in mechanical application of certain specific doctrine. Rather it is found in the individualized application of universal principals through the understanding heart, mind, and soul of each disciple. For in the end all gospel principals roll into one great truth, that of love.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.