Yesterday we talked about how sometimes in life we want judgment for “them” and grace for us. Paul talks in Romans about this concept and we are reminded not to judge.
I mean, who are we to judge? God is the only judge, not us.
So then, does that mean I am free to live as I want and do as I want, and who are you to say anything to me about anything that I’m doing? I am free to do as I want in this life. Only God can judge me.
Well, maybe. But let’s not take this freedom thing too far. Let’s seriously consider what our actions do and how they affect others. Read what Paul says in Romans 14: 13-15:
“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. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died.”
As Christians, we don’t just live for ourselves. This life is not just about us. It’s not just about what we want to do. It’s also about our families, our workplaces, our churches, our communities, and how we affect other people.
Your life today will make an impact on someone else; the way that we live, work, play, laugh – who we are – will affect others.
May we never be a stumbling block to someone else. May we never live in a way that dishonors God, that harms a neighbor, or that keeps someone from knowing Christ.
May I never live in such a way that that my life is a stumbling block to someone else.
So, yes, today we have freedom. We can do as we want. We can live as we want. I am not to judge you and you are not to judge me. God is the only the judge.
But our lives affect each other. Our lives shape each other. Our lives have an impact on each other. And on the world.
May we live in a way that brings glory to God. And may we never be a stumbling block to someone else.
May we never live just for ourselves.
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