“Let not then your good be evil spoken of:”
King James Version (KJV)
Chris's comment on 2021-06-11 22:00:17:
Hi Carolyn. Romans 14:16 shouldn't be forced to mean what you've suggested, about a married man being seen in public with other women. We can't pull out a Scripture & try to make it read something that it wasn't intended to do.
This chapter is speaking of some of those delicate & difficult questions that arose at that time, in respect to the behaviour between Jew & Gentile believers. And these questions centred around food and observance of particular days, rites, etc. The Jewish converts expected that the Gentiles would also bind themselves to Jewish customs & adherence to Mosaic Laws. The matter of circumcision came up in Acts 15:1,2 and Galatians 2:3,4. Here in Romans chapter 14, matters pertaining to food offered to idols, Jewish fasting days, clean & unclean animals, and subsequently, judging another because of their belief & therefore resulting in not walking in love & understanding with each other.
So verse 16: "Let not then your good be evil spoken of", tells us that as Christians, we should be aware that even though we might enjoy our liberty in Christ to do many things that might appear wrong in the sight of others (e.g. Jews, or those weak in faith or unlearned in the Scriptures), we should abstain from doing so, if it means that strife & controversy arise leading to unkind words exchanged & separation from each other.
However, I do agree with you that a married man should be careful in how close he gets to other women: the time he spends with her or the places they meet for discussion, since that meeting, though maybe perfectly harmless & genuine, may easily be misconstrued by another. In that instance, I would use 1 Thessalonians 5:22: "Abstain from all appearance of evil." And if you need to share this with a man (a husband?), the Scripture can be used as part of a 'loving' discussion to the pitfalls in such an association, as well as a misunderstanding or gossip by others.
Carolyn's comment on 2021-06-11 12:34:04:
""Let not then your good be evil spoken of:" I thought this meant if you are a married man you shouldn't be seen in public with other women even if you say they are just friends."
What should I say to him? He gets angry if I tell him he is wrong.
Carolyn Morgan's comment on 2021-06-11 12:27:50:
"Let not then your good be evil spoken of:" I thought this meant if you are a married man you shouldn't be seen in public with other women even if you say they are just friends.
Nkechi Nwaneri's comment on 2014-01-04 13:28:01:
some christians do good things in a wrong way or in away people begin to say something that will discourage them. we should do things that will please the Lord. He said in the book of micah 6v8.he said what he requires of us is to justly,love. etc
fenesss's comment on 2013-09-17 01:28:11:
We as christians should know better, therefore should do better. Let the light in you shine bright enough to be a beacon, for someone else who may be lost. There is always someone watching you. Don't be the reason someone choose not to follow God.
ebony hall's comment on 2013-04-23 21:08:34:
It's telling you that you are more than who you think you are.also you have a lot of value!!!!!!!!
Debra's comment on 2011-04-05 12:48:34:
According to my faith it has to be about Righteousness, Joy, & Peace in the Holy Ghost and I don't want any evil to be spoken of about me that can hinder another brother or sister in christ due to my offending them in any way..
HAPPY IS HE THAT CONDEMNETH NOT HIMSELF/HERSELF IN THAT THING WHICH HE ALLOWETH11