January 14, 2022

It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. (Romans 14:21)
In (Romans 14) we see the author (Paul) writing to the Romans; he tells them in (v.7), “ For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.” This reminds me that we do not belong to ourselves; first and foremost, we belong to God, and then we belong to each other. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become members of His Body – the church.
Once we are Christs’, we can no longer live as we like, doing what we want. Therefore, our lives are meant to be lived glorifying God, our Father in Heaven. It does not bring glory to Him if we live in a way that causes our Brothers and Sisters offense and results in them stumbling.
This means that we all should consider our lifestyles and how we live. In today’s Scripture, Paul is using the example of food and wine in (vs. 20-21), “Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.” That said, Our freedom in Christ does not give us the liberty to disregard the effect of our lifestyles upon others around us. We have often seen people of God stumble and fall, causing those who look up to us as Christians to become offended and discouraged.
That said, as I read (v. 21) this morning, the Holy Spirit began convicting me of the fact that I as well offend people around me; with that, the Lord prompted me to seek forgiveness from the people that I had offended.
Friends, Paul goes on further to say in (vs. 12-13), “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” Our walk and our talk need to line up with each other. We need to take our witness for Christ seriously; He calls us to live so that we do not offend our brothers or sisters. Would you join me in this Prayer?
Father, I ask You to help me examine my heart. Show me through Your Spirit if there are things that I am doing that can offend a brother or sister, resulting in them stumbling. Father, forgive me, I pray. Amen

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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