The Pattern – 20

“Do not put a stumbling block in front of your brother or sister; instead use your freedom to build others up in love.” (Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 8 ) What about the way your act or carry yourself might potentially be a stumbling block to someone else’s spiritual growth? Spend some times asking God to bring to mind any specific people or situations where you might be placing a stumbling block before others. How do you feel about giving up your freedom for their sake? Do you feel ambivalent towards their struggle? Does the thought make you feel bitter and mad? Do you feel a willingness to let go of this thing for their benefit? Talk honestly to God about these feelings. What would it really mean to let go of this area in which you have freedom? What would you lose? What might you gain? How could it affect your brother or sister? How would it affect your relationship with Christ? Given how it would affect you and others, does this change your willingness in this area? If not, why? What do you think God’s heart is in this area? Is your heart in line with his? What is the consequence of this reality? Is there any change that needs to take place? Talk to God about these things.

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