Roots that Cause Others to Stumble
Recently I shared a post about the importance of rooting yourself firmly in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Doing so enables you to hang on and stand firm in the worst of life's storms.
BUT... what if your roots of faith are causing others to stumble. The Apostle Paul wrote the church in Corinth and advised mature believers to be careful not to offend or cause unbelievers and new Christians to stumble over things that are a matter of conscience rather than sound doctrine.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God — even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. (1 Corinthians 10:31-33)
Paul suggested that we ought not argue our point (even if valid) but seek the good of others so that in time they might grow into a healthy, well-rounded and mature faith. Paul never says we ought to disobey God or sin in order to win one's favor, but he implied we should neither be too free in Christ or legalistic in law that we lose an opportunity to see a soul brought to Jesus.
So, plant your roots deep in Christ but don't allow them to trip others up as they walk on their faith journey.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park