Romans 15:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Romans 15:7, NIV: Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Romans 15:7, ESV: Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:7, KJV: Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Romans 15:7, NASB: Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:7, NLT: Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

Romans 15:7, CSB: Therefore welcome one another, just as Christ also welcomed you, to the glory of God.

What does Romans 15:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has prayed for the unity and harmony of the church in Rome. Now he instructs them one more time to welcome each other as Christ has welcomed them. This is not merely a nice-sounding phrase to tack on the wall. Paul is commanding believers to fully accept and include other Christians in community with themselves, including those who disagree strongly about what is and is not permitted (Romans 14:1–2; 14:20–21). He is commanding them to set their Christ-won freedoms aside, if necessary, to build up the church (Romans 14:13).

Why would they do this? In the end, it is all to add to God's glory. Put negatively, a refusal to welcome Christians who disagree with my convictions will keep me from participating in bringing glory to God. It will keep me from achieving the very purpose of my life. Acting as if my own convictions are beyond doubt—as if I were infallible or beyond reproach—makes it difficult for me to appreciate God's holiness and majesty, let alone my own role in the body of Christ.