“Freedom & Stumbling Blocks” August 27

 

Freedom & Stumbling Blocks - FREEDOM … we love it and in Christ we have a great deal of Christian liberty, but we are also called to love and prefer others. So how much freedom are you willing to give up out of love for your spouse or your brother or sister in Christ?FREEDOM … we love it and in Christ we have a great deal of Christian liberty, but we are also called to love and prefer others. So how much freedom are you willing to give up out of love for your spouse or your brother or sister in Christ?

 

Today’s Readings:
Ecclesiastes 3
Psalm 102.1-17
Proverbs 24.3-4
1 Corinthians 8.1-13

 

Freedom & Stumbling Blocks

 

1 Corinthians 8.1-13:

Stumbling Blocks & the Cause of Christ

 

We love freedom. And we should. Christ suffered and died to set us free from the power and penalty of sin. His truth and grace sets us free from both religious legalism and the hopelessness that a life of sin can bring. But freedom, though precious and valuable, should be used carefully. Paul said it this way:

“… beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak” (v. 9).

And he ends this chapter with these thoughts:

And when you sin against other believers by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong, you are sinning against Christ. So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble (vss. 12-13 NLT).

blond womanWhat are you willing to give up for your weaker brothers and sisters? What are you willing to forego for the cause of Christ?

Are you willing to give up that glass of wine? Or the latest movie?

Ladies, are you willing to quit wearing that new blouse if it might tempt your brother in Christ with wrong thoughts? Or your sister in Christ to wonder where her husband’s eyes are going?

Men, are you willing to forego going out with the guys and doing something you consider harmless if it causes your spouse distress?  Continue reading

January 25 “When others mean you harm”

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How do you respond when people intentionally hurt you?

Today’s Readings:
Genesis 49 & 50
Psalm 14.1-7
Proverbs 4.20-24
Matthew 16.1-28

Genesis 49 & 50:

The death of Jacob

As we conclude our reading in Genesis, I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Genesis is one of my favorite books and chapter 50 contains one of my favorite verses, verse 20.

In chapter 49 Jacob is dying and he gathers his sons around him to speak to them for the last time. Commenting in depth on what follows in verses 2-27 would require more time and study than I can give here. But remember, God, who knows the end from the beginning, was speaking prophetically through Jacob. The things he spoke foretold future events, but also reflected their pasts and their characters. Continue reading