Romans 14

"For whoever is not against us is for us… Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in Me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea." (Mark 9:40,42)

Community Of Faith

Welcome the one whose faith's still weak;
For God meets new hearts where they stand.
Do not pass judgement when they speak;
Nor hope they'll change at your command.

Beliefs and customs will vary:
Let their convictions remain strong;
What is different's not contrary -
For to One God we all belong.

Before His judgement all will stand:
Let us resolve never to place
Obstacles; strive to understand
That souls are being formed by grace.

Salvation's not based on custom;
All must strive to live holiness,
With peace and joy in His kingdom,
Through His Spirit, marked with kindness.

Those who serve in this way do please
The Lord and are approved by all;
Let us build up each one in peace
And not cause any one to fall.

At all times, in God's presence stay,
With faith at the heart of actions;
For one's doubts and judgements will lay
Stumbling blocks and lead to factions.

We are all one in unity;
On faith we build community.

May the Spirit provide us with the gifts of patient endurance and love that we may be able to work in building up one another in a community of kindness and peace.

(c) Paul Buis, 2005