Day 125: It Isn’t Worth It

Romans 14:13-15

Therefore let’s not judge one another any more, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother’s way, or an occasion for falling. I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; except that to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if because of food your brother is grieved, you walk no longer in love. Don’t destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.

Perhaps you are aware of a few Christians that think it is wrong to do things that you know are fine. It is true that you are free to do what you know is right. It is between you and Jesus, but if we really care about those in our Christian family who believe that something we enjoy is really wrong, then it isn’t worth it for us to flaunt it.

Instead, we should be doing what ever is in our power to help our brother do what they believe is right. If we flaunt our own freedom, it may make them do something that they think is wrong! That is what Paul calls a “stumbling block.” It could lead them into a lifestyle of sinful behavior that really is bad because they were willing to go against their own conscience. That is a horrible thing to be involved in even if you are free to do more.

When Jesus died He limited His freedom so that we could have time to grow up and do what is right. We should do the same for other Christians.

If you really think something is bad to do, then please don’t do it. Your relationship with God is more important and you should keep a good conscience with Him.