The Book of Romans – Christians Affect Others

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“I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong. And if another believer is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. Don’t let your eating ruin someone for whom Christ died. Then you will not be criticized for doing something you believe is good.” Romans 14:14-16

I have walked with God for many years and I am still maturing in God. I have learned over the years there are things that I do that is not a sin, but I don’t do them. The reason I don’t is because these things may cause weak Christians to sin. No food is wrong to eat, but we don’t eat certain foods and do certain things because it may cause others to stumble. Our witness affects more people than we realize. Today as never before, people are watching how we act as Christians. The problem with some Christians today, they have become too much a part of the world. If we look like the world, why would others want to walk with God? The mature Christian has spiritual knowledge, but if he does not practice love, his knowledge will hurt the weak Christian. Knowledge must be balanced with love. The issue is not how does it affect me? It is about how does it affect my brother? Will it make him stumble? Will it grieve him or even destroy him by encouraging him to sin? Is it really worth it to harm a brother just so I can enjoy some food? No!

“Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols; Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.” (1 Corinthians 8:1)

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