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“God’s Word for Today”

re you involved in a COVID war? Yes, you. Perhaps you are personally involved, perhaps your whole church involved. In a recent newsletter article, I called what we are going through, masktitus. Please read the following scripture. It is the Daily Bread scripture for today and it hit me like a ton of bricks. .

Romans 14:1-15 1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master, he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:”‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,’every knee will bow before me;every tongue will confess to God.'” 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 13 Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.

Okay, you might say, so what does this says about masktitus? Let me make a few changes (placed in parentheses) showing how this came through to me this morning.

Romans 14:1-151 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to (not wear masks) but another man, whose faith is weak, (wears masks all the time). 3 The man (who doesn’t wear masks) must not look down on (him who does), and the man who (wears masks) must not condemn the man who does not, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master, he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One man thinks (everyone should wear a mask;) another man feels it is up to the individual. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 Ones who “(wear a mask) do so to the Lord. One who feels (convicted not to wear masks) does so to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who (wears masks for others) does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the (mask wearers and mask haters) 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,’ every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'” 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle (masks or no masks) in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that (I can not wear a mask and the Lord will care for me). But if anyone feels they should (wear a mask, they wear it because they believe it is a must) 15 If your brother is distressed because you are (not wearing masks or wearing masks) you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your (mask wearing or determination not to) destroy your relationship with a brother for whom Christ died.

I know we are not to add or take away from scripture. But after reading this passage, I was convicted that the whole masktitus stuff is in this passage. I pray that I have done it justice. I am not judging you for what you decide to do. I am not judging how much faith you do or do not have.

I am trying to show you that even what we are going through now, at least the principles of how to treat each other are once again found in scripture.

Make no mistake, faith plays an enormous part in this masktitus war. We do what we think the Lord wants us to do. At the same time, we cannot allow COVID to make us prisoners of our homes.

At some point, believers, step out in faith. We trust the Lord to care for us.
I beg you, don’t let this make you angry. I share this because of my love for you, masks or not. Meditate and think about this for a few days. Can you see what I see?

You all have a tremendous day in the Lord,

Let everything that has breath (this includes you) Praise and thank the Lord.

Be Blessed,

Be a Blessing;

Amen

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