I Corinthians 8:9 (NJKV) But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
Christianity is an extremely liberating faith. It’s not based on a long list of rules and regulations but on a relationship with a God that’s living and active in our lives. And although we do have a set of moral absolutes spelled out for us in the Bible, a lot of our behavior is to be directed by our relationship with the Lord, not by rules.
In other words, we are liberated to live life based on what our relationship dictates, which makes Christianity liberating not limiting. However, being liberated brings certain challenges that must be recognized. And when it comes to our freedom in Christ, there’s the challenge (and warning) as Christians to not allow our freedoms to turn into stumbling blocks for others.
Things that we feel we are free to do may be things others do not feel the freedom to do. What seems right to us might be wrong to them. For example, in Paul’s time there were Christians who didn’t have any problem eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols. But there were other Christians who thought it was wrong. So a warning was issued to those who felt the freedom to eat.
They were to be careful that their freedom didn’t trip up those who weren’t as strong in their sense of freedom. Though free according to their own convictions, they were to act in a way that took the convictions of others into consideration. Do you feel fine doing things that other people in your sphere of influence have a problem with?
That word of warning is just as relevant to us today as it was back then. When it comes to those things that aren’t specifically identified as right or wrong in the Bible—those things that we may feel the freedom to engage in but others may not—we need to ask the question:
“Is this a freedom that’s going to trip others up?” If so, it’s not worth it, and the right move is to forego that freedom. Be free, but beware that your freedoms aren’t causing others to stumble in their walk with God. Today message is just a Spiritual consideration being shared, allow God to speak to your heart about it!