Who’s the “mature” Christian in this case anyway?

Heard someone who called themselves a “Christian” the other day say the following about a fellow Christian (a newer… perhaps “unseasoned” and idealistic new Christian)… They don’t like what I’m doing? They’ll just have to deal with it! I’m free in Christ!!

To which comment I thought… Now that’s really the spirit and attitude of Christ! Tragedy is, that person thought of themselves more “mature” than the new Christian… more informed! (My opinion? I think the issue of who was the more “mature” and “informed” perhaps had gotten confused and turned around!)

Today during my time of “coffee with the Lord”I read the following passage in my Bible and it brought to mind the conversation I overheard referred to earlier…

“Therefore we must…determine never to place an obstacle or a trap before a brother or sister… If your brother or sister is distressed because of [any exercise of your personal freedom] you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy [by your freedom] someone for whom Christ died. Therefore do not let what you consider good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God does not consist of [the exercise of your personal freedom], but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. For the one who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by people. So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for building up one another. Do not destroy the work of God [by insisting on your freedom]. It is wrong to cause anyone to stumble by what you [do]. It is good not to…do anything that causes your brother (or sister) to stumble!” (Romans 14:13–22 NET Bible) (the words in brackets are mine and applicational0

It’s nice to have freedom in Christ. But a truly “mature” Christian will evidence the attitude of Christ… “Who was concerned not only about His own interests but also the interests of others… Who emptied Himself by taking on the form of a slave… He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!” (adapted from Philippians 2:4-11) … And He did that for us! Self-limitation for the benefit of another is a GODLY thing – a Christlike thing!… God help me never forget it!!

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