Stumbling Blocks

Let us not therefore judge on another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably.  Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 

Romans 14:13-15

The Bible tells us in these verses to not “put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall” in our brother’s way.  It would be a terrible thing to be the cause of another Christian falling.

This is something that, as Christians, we need to watch.  We need to be careful not to do things that are going to cause others to stumble.  Verse 15 tells us to “Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.”  Paul uses the illustration of eating meat.  He has no problem eating meat, but he isn’t going to do it if it is going to cause problems in someone else’s mind.  Even if something is not sinful, we still don’t want to do that thing if it is going to cause someone else to stumble.

We have enough trouble standing and walking with the Lord as it is.  We find ourselves constantly attacked by the world and the Devil.  We also have enough trouble with our own flesh tripping us up, that we don’t need to be tripping each other up.  We can’t control what everyone else is doing, but we can control what we are doing.  We need to do all that we can to avoid tripping up our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We are going to encounter plenty of stumbling blocks in our lives – let’s make sure we don’t put them in front of each other!

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