Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.
(Romans 14:21 (NIV))
Do we ever stop to think about our actions and how they effect those around us?
We tend to think that our actions only have an impact on us, but that is far from the truth. Most of us realize that our actions have a direct effect on those around us, after all, our outlook on life can impact other people. Have you ever stopped to think that what we do, and what we don’t do, can have a very big impact on people?
Would you have an alcoholic drink in front of someone that you knew was battling this temptation? Would you be so callous as to partake of a very large meal in front of someone who hadn’t eaten in several days? Would you encourage someone to steal something because they can’t afford it?
What if you were battling an eating disorder and someone accidentally tempted you? What if you were a drug addict under control and someone left something at your home?
Would you have the will power to resist? Would you be upset with those who left the temptation there for you?
Why do people sin?
It is a matter of personal addiction to something. If the temptation is removed, many can people can focus enough to ignore the sin. It is the introduction of temptation that leads to the person falling. Not everyone has the same temptation. What may cause one person to sin may not be what will cause another to sin. We, as the Body of Christ, must be careful that our actions do not lead others to sin. Contrary to what society may say, we should not only think of ourselves. We must think of others. We must be observant enough to know what may cause others to sin.
We, as the Body of Christ, have a responsibility to lift each other up. We must not be a hindrance. We must take a look at our actions.