Walk To Help Others Stand Strong
So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.
I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.
And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died.
Our key scripture teaches a lesson really vital to how believers should walk in love. We see in verse 13 how we are to live. Our focus should mainly be on those around us, rather than selfishly living for ourselves alone, even in the way we conduct or behave ourselves.
It began by telling us to stop condemning ourselves. Reading further down to verse 15 gives a clearer picture of what is being spoken about here. It’s selfish to carry out activities that you know may make another believer feel uncomfortable. It’s not a proof of rights, but a show of love. We are asked not to put over believers in a state were they feel as though they do not belong to the family of Christ, even if it has to do with little things such as food.
A good example is your desire to take a particular beverage which you know another believer with you may not feel comfortable taking. Now taking the beverage isn’t wrong, but making the other believer feel uncomfortable while you do it, or better still, getting the other believer to join you isn’t a show of love at all, it’ll get the other person feeling condemned. Here’s why.
You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right.
But if you have doubts about whether or not you should eat something, you are sinning if you go ahead and do it. For you are not following your convictions. If you do anything you believe is not right, you are sinning.
Putting the other believer in this state of mind isn’t nice at all. Now don’t get me wrong, things you eat or use wont harm or ‘defile’ you.
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
However, we need to consider our brethren before we make certain actions. Especially for new believers, and as they grow, they’ll realise that most of the ideologies they have held in high regard or in doubt will fade in the knowledge of Christ. Till then decide not to lead anyone to condemnation through your actions as this may even have an effect on their growth.
Thank you Lord for your love in my Spirit. I walk boldly in love toward men, and I walk to help others stand strong in you.
Author – Gem