STUMBLE

STUMBLE

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, 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. So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil.

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.  Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.

Romans 14:13-20 ESV

The Lord woke me up this morning with this scripture. In my dream, I was at a meeting with ladies from my church who were all believers. One of them had posted on social media about drinking alcohol as a believer. It was a huge controversy and difference of opinions from all the ladies present at the meeting.  In listening and trying to discern what the root issues truly were among this controversial topic, I kept finding that I was missing information.

I was missing the context of the situation.  I was missing knowing the heart of the one who posted on social media.  I was not hearing the Lord’s opinion on this matter only the opinions of the women.   So, what does this all mean to us?

Regardless of our own convictions about alcohol in this situation or you_________ (fill in the blank), as a believer, we should be careful not cause another to stumble.   We must walk in maturity realizing the new immature believer, is prone to temptation and will follow the mature believer’s example. 

A perfect example is that of a young teenage girl trying to fit into a group of other teenage girls. Quite often they just follow what the others are doing not having the maturity to understand the why nor the conviction to reject things which are not good for them.   Seek to understand the context of the situation, the heart of the person and what the Lord is saying about it.  In my dream, all the women were so caught up in the situation, they forgot to consider these other things.  

In verse 14, Paul continues with the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  What is unclean and conviction for one is NOT the same for everyone.  Because of our love for our brethren, we must honor them in this, not creating a reason for them to fall back into sin. 

In my dream, at the meeting there was judgement and condemnation from many of the women.  In discerning the situation, the Lord showed me the judgement came from a heart of offense caused by the enemy to create division.   Verse 19-21, therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense. 

It is good neither to you nor drink wine or do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.   As we mature in Christ, we must be careful to focus on continuing to build up other believers in the faith not causing them to stumble.  We do this by creating unity and not offense toward one another regardless of our personal convictions on the matter.  

Psalm 119:65 Great peace have hose who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.

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