Don’t Do Anything To Cause A Believer To Stumble

Should we as Christians, be concerned about something we do, affecting others? Well, some may say, “No, I am not going to live my life trying to please others… I am free in Christ.” I understand and there is some truth in that statement. But, the fact is, we are responsible for others. In our “me first, self-centered world, most people don’t want to hear that but, it’s true.”
In the book of I Corinthians, Paul confronted this. In the first century, many people were pagans and, part of their worship was to offer sacrifices to their pagan gods. So, they purchased the best meat available and offered it as a sacrifice.
Now, meat is just meant. Even if it’s offered as a sacrifice, there is nothing wrong with the meat. So, mature Christians were taking this meat and they ate it because, it was the best meat you could get. But many people who had been pagans but had converted to Christianity, had a problem with this. They were so young in their faith, they couldn’t get past the fact the meat had been sacrificed to an idol.
Paul heard about this and Paul told older. more mature Christian believers, “if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.”
Notice Paul said, “If eating meat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again.” Paul didn’t want anything to cause another believer to stumble. We should be the same. We have to be careful and not do anything that misleads someone. We have to be careful and set a good example.
Jesus said, that if we cause a child to stumble, “it would be better for us to have a millstone hung around our neck and to be cast into the sea” (Luke 17:2).
We are free in Christ but, we are also to set a Christ-like example for everyone. If there is anything you are doing that causes someone to stumble. you need to evaluate it. We must be careful and set a Godly example.

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