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February 24, 2013

Stumbling Block

Romans 14

13 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. 14 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. 15 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. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 1For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

20 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. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.[c] 22 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. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

I said yesterday let us not squabble over the minor stuff of the faith but if there would be a brother or a sister who would be offended because of the minor practice you hold, then be Christ-like and let it go.

It is a gospel issue. Do I fight for my right to do what he or she might feel like is not doctrinally right. If it is minor, let it go. Some people get legalistic about some things and you cannot blame them but if you are gospel soaked, learn to understand and not take pride on what you know is doctrinally right but be humble and hear their side and not put up a fight.

Major in the major, minor in the minor.

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