It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. Romans 14:21
We are called by God to do theology, that is, to live our lives with a moment- by- moment consciousness of God.
Paul David Tripp
We are free in Christ. Freedom is to live in a way that pleases God: it is to live by faith. Romans 14 says that we should be convinced in our mind of what is correct for us.
Today we walk in the grace which the Lord has offered us through Christ. The scriptures say that if our brother in the faith believes a thing is right or wrong, they are free to hold fast to their convictions.
- the quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says.
- a firmly held belief or opinion, belief, view, opinion, thought, persuasion, idea, position, stance
- a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law
- declaration/pronouncement of guilt, sentence or judgment
Our choices for entertainment, beauty and fashion, food and drink, and sexual intimacy are topics where Christians tend to contend over. Some people don’t wear jewelry, others don’t watch movies or listen to secular music, and some only enjoy sex in missionary position: these are all personal convictions. We are not to contend over convictions, unless they are contrary to scripture. For instance, Paul uses food and drink as his object of study in these scriptures. He says if we believe that we are free to drink or eat food offered to other God’s is okay, but our brother disagrees… then we ought not to eat it for the sake of the other. If a brother offers idols to other gods, then we contend for the faith.
We are free to do as we would, given that it is in line with scripture. We have to be careful that a brother or sister in Christ would stumble because of our freedom. In wisdom Paul says, keep your freedom between you and God.
Jesus Christ, our Lord lived a life of selflessness. As we grow into His likeness we do the same. It pleases God, that we put others before ourselves.
Father God, we thank you for making us free and giving us liberty to enjoy this life in submission to you. Thank you for your Holy Spirit. Thank you for salvation. Today I ask you to continue showing us your path so that we may walk in it. May our spiritual senses be sharpened in Jesus name, Amen.