THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
READING GUIDE and DEVOTIONS
(As Events Occurred in Chronological Order)
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __Romans 13:8 through Romans 14:23
Focal verse(s): Romans 13:8 – “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”
Paul told us to pay our bills on time and do our best not to be in debt. In modern day vernacular, we should not go into debt for non-essential items, avoid credit cards whenever possible so as not to pay unnecessary interest rates, and live modestly in order to be a good Christian witness. Paul reviews 5 of the Ten Commandments, all of which are sins against one’s neighbor. Jesus had said that the greatest commandment of all was to love your neighbor as yourself, and love never seeks to do others harm. Paul urged all believers to be urgent because the end of the age is near, so we must throw off the clothes of worldliness and put on the armor of the light of Christ. He said to encourage weak Christians and admit them to fellowship, but not to get into arguments with them over unimportant matters. Christians have been released from not eating certain foods such as pork, etc. Believers are not to judge one another, because every one of us will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, which is the only judgment that really matters. At this judgment our service to God will be measured, not our sins, and at that time rewards will be given to those faithful Christians who have served the Master. Every believer will have to give an account of his Christian life at that time, so the most important thing in the believer’s life is not dietary regulations, but living in the spirit. Our lives should be lived in righteousness, peace, and harmony. What a man eats or does not eat is not the important issue, but rather to live a life pleasing to God. We should avoid divisive arguments within the body at all costs in order to maintain unity and fellowship among believers. Even though we are free to eat any food, we must not do so if it causes a weaker brother to stumble.