February 12, 2021
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. Romans 14:13 ESV
As Paul expands on examples of diet and holy days, he cautions his readers to avoid espousing or exhibiting their liberties in Christ in a manner that would cause those of weaker faith to stumble in their journey toward God. Jesus also had much to say about causing a “little one“ to falter in their faith journey. The caution is not with regard to exposing sin that so easily entangles us, but to refrain from judging others regarding the non-essentials of our faith.
Father God, help us to discern what is sin and what is merely a preference. Grant us wisdom and humility to uphold others in their faith journeys and to avoid expressing our faith practices in a manner that will discourage others. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling