BIBLE READING: I Corinthians 8
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
Obviously, anytime we see these two words in the Bible, we need to stop and take notice. it deserves our attention. It is something we need to take notice of. It’s kind of like a warning label.
“THIS LIBERTY OF YOURS”
It is wonderful to be saved by grace. It is a blessing that you and I do not have to strive to perfectly follow an impossible set of laws.
* John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
We have been set free from the power of sin the moment we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. We have been given this “liberty” from the requirement of the law by the grace of God.
“LEST…THIS LIBERTY…BECOME A STUMBLINGBLOCK”
That means that something that is wonderful, like the liberty Christ has given us from sin, can be used to do something wrong. This means that we can abuse the liberty that we have been given, and it could lead a brother or sister in Christ in a wrong direction. just because I have “liberty” to do something doesn’t mean that I should.
“TO THEM THAT ARE WEAK”
Often times if I am not careful, I can participate in something that does not hurt my relationship or walk with the Lord because of the maturity I have in Christ. But that very thing might cause a weaker or more immature brother in Christ to start down a road that would end up allowing habits into his life that could make him fall spiritually. So we must be careful to take the highroad as to not allow ourselves to become a stumbling block.
“BY ANY MEANS”
There it is. That’s just how Satan works. There are some things that we could not possibly imagine that could cause a brother or sister in Christ to head down the wrong road. that Satan can use by any means. It means Satan can use just about anything if we let it to cause the decay of the spiritual life either in us or a brother and sister in Christ. So Paul teaches in this passage that he will discipline himself to refrain from things, although that may not be sinful, but but that could potentially be dangerous. May we be that sensitive to the Lord and to others.