Romans 14: 1-4
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
The first sentence of this passage seems to sum it up for me. I would not quarrel with another over this, but I am sure I have at times been judgmental of those whose faith seems wobbly or insincere. Now that I put this down in visible text, I feel ashamed. But it is true. I can be impatient when others don’t respect or see the church the way I do. But, I am no better. There are times I am merely going through the motions, too preoccupied or caught up in my own matters to pay attention in worship. Acceptance.
Father, forgive me. Teach me acceptance, I pray. Help me to love. Amen