Freedom in Christ is a wonderful thing! We are not under “Law” but under God’s grace in Christ! But grace must never be used as an excuse for sinning! (Romans 6:15) And the freedom I have in Christ must never be used to excuse inconsiderate behavior that might damage or offend a fellow Christian or leads them back into sin! Spiritual maturity and Christian love demands that of me!
In fact, this morning I read the following words in Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians and recommitted myself to heed them…
“Let us decide NEVER to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother [or sister]! If your brother [or sister] is grieved by [anything you do] you are no longer walking in love! Do not destroy one for whom Christ died by what you do. Do not let what you regard as ‘good’ be spoken of as evil… Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then, let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding!” (from Romans 14:13-19)
Now I am aware the issue at hand for Paul and the Romans had to do with the freedom to eat food that was considered by some, ceremonially “clean” or “unclean” … but the issue is broader than that for us. It has to do with doing ANYTHING in the name or freedom that would cause spiritual offense or damage to a fellow believer! In fact, in another epistle of Paul’s he reminds us… “You were called to freedom, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the ‘flesh,’ [what the natural self under the control of sin wants to do] but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13) Don’t know about you today, but I have renewed my commitment as a Christian to limit my freedom for the spiritual benefit of fellow Christians!