|Posted on March 23, 2018 at 9:35 AM|
It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Do you have? Have it to yourself before God, Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.
( Romans 14: 21-23 )
Freedom, rights, self-preservation..... unforunately, when people become Christians, these tendencies don't disappear immediately. This struggle is clearly seen in the issue of Christian liberty. Within the diversity of God's Kingdom, believers often disagree about what is permissible and what is forbidden in " gray areas." Though our temptation is to defend of our point of view. Paul reminds us to operate within the boundaries of edification. In other words, Christians should never demand their rights to the detriment of other believers.
To the contrary, we are most like Christ when we willingly forfeit our liberties so that others will not stumble. Life is about more that what we eat and drink, " gray areas" become stumbling blocks for those who are weak. Where the Bible isn't explict in pronouncement or principle, Christians must exercise sanctified flexibility that displays compassion and love for others. With our conscience as our guide, we must value every member of God's family by seeking the good of our neighbor before our own ( 1 Corinthians 10: 24).
A Christian who loves his brother will personally avoid what may cause another person to be led into sin and " to fall." Believers should put forth every effort to edify or lift up other believers at all times.
I pray we continue to "Live IN Triumph"