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?
1 Corinthians 8.1-13
Freedom & Stumbling Blocks
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).
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