Scripture: Romans 4:1-Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.
Devotion: Do you feel weak in your faith? Does it make you feel uncomfortable having conversations about it, because maybe you are not as strong in it, as you feel you should be?
Well here, Paul is writing to the church in Rome and is speaking on judgement. I think we have all heard the saying ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged first’. But Paul provides the key that I believe many of us may have missed. Accept them. Understanding that everyone’s faith is not going to be as strong as yours.
I had the privilege of going to a Gumbo cookoff down here is Louisiana this past Sunday. The festival was great. Great people. It was a beautiful day, a nice breeze, now don’t get me wrong, the humidity down in the bayou is no joke. But I was talking to a client and the concept of acceptance came up.
He is from out of state but now calls Louisiana home.
As we discussed my podcast "Financial Advisors Say The Darndest Things", I was explaining my motivation for creating such content. And the base of it was that the program is not to make you feel bad about your level of understanding of finance. It is not to dispute over finance topics such as ESGs versus traditional mutual funds.
It is not argue over snowball and avalanche techniques when managing debt.
Because as the scripture says, we should accept each other, without quarreling over disputable matters.
Yes, there will be financial topics that advisors will disagree about. But that doesn’t make one better than the other. Together, we can do more.
It is through this acceptance that we all get better. Everyone may not have the opportunity to have a personal financial advisor show up at one of their events. We all will handle our finances differently. Doesn’t mean anyone is better.
Today, I want you think about the things that you differ with your brothers and sisters and ask yourself,
“Is it worth, losing a person of faith, because they choose to worship a little bit differently?”
“Is it worth, losing a friend, because they choose to celebrate a different day than you?”
Paul is trying to unite the Jew and Gentile alike and it is this verse that A.B. Ridgeway Wealth Management is built on. Whatever anyone does in finances or their faith, they are doing it for the Lord, and that is just something we should not argue over, but accept.
Prayer: Lord, provide me understanding as I accept those who may worship you differently. Like Paul states, we do all things for you. I pray that those whose faith is weak, that they continue to learn more and grow in the faith.
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Many Christians struggle with the seemingly conflicting views about our faith and the pursuit of financial gain. They were taught that poverty was piety and that a lack of money was the only way to truly detach themselves from the love of money. Our blog debunks some of those claims, teaches you that you can be rich and righteous, and at the same time fulfill your obligation to tithe and give to the less fortunate. We are dedicated to helping you become cheerful givers by organizing your personal finances, providing investment tips to help you create wealth, and encouraging you to create a gifting strategy that will make your family and God proud.
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A.B. Ridgeway, MBA (email@example.com) is the owner and Christian Financial Advisor with A.B. Ridgeway Wealth Management. With a decade in the finance industry, his goal is to give believers clarity around the most confusing topic in the Bible, money, and tithing. A.B. Ridgeway helps tithing Christians become cheerful givers but unlocking their money-making potential, so they can prosper and be the great stewards of the wealth God has entrusted them with.
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