Romans 14:8-18 NIV

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.1

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9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life2 so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.3

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10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on4 your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.5

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      11 It is written: " 'As surely as I live,'6 says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.' "a7

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      12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.8

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      13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment9 on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.10

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          14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no foodb is unclean in itself.11 But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.12

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            • b 14:14 - Or "that nothing"
              15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love.13 Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.14

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              16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.15

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              17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,16 but of righteousness, peace17 and joy in the Holy Spirit,18

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              18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.19

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