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Romans 14

“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.” Romans 14:13

The church in Rome was relatively new and had a mixed group of both new and old believers. Because this was the case, they were facing some issues that dealt with certain liberties. While the more seasoned believers understood how to manage freedoms, those who were new in the faith apparently struggled.

This is sometimes the case with alcohol or other liberties that can be a stumbling block to those who are weaker in the faith. Although the Bible does not condemn alcohol, it does condemn becoming intoxicated. And just because we have the right to enjoy alcohol, if a friend or fellow believer struggles with it, then we’re called to abstain from it when we’re in their presence.

This exhortation is supported in the bible when Paul says that although “we have the liberty to do some of these things it doesn’t mean that it is always profitable to do them.” It warns us that we should be careful unless it becomes a stumbling block to those who are weak.

CHALLENGE

If you’re a growing believer, remember that part of walking with God is giving up some of our rights. Not because we have too, but because Christ did so for us. After all we are not our own, we are Christ’s and we should do everything we can not to stumble new believers.

RPF