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Scripture: Romans 14:20-21 (NIV) 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
Observations: Some of the things that come to mind after reading today's scripture is practicing being unselfish, thinking about others before yourselves, loving others, not wanting to hurt or stumble others even though it seems right to you. In this case Paul was talking about food, where some eat meat and others don't, some drink wine and others don't. Everyone is at different stages in their walk with the Lord, and those that are still in their infant stage may not be as strong or matured to know these things....so we side on being "mindful not to stumble others"
Application: Being mindful of others is really what the Apostle Paul seems to be talking about. We may have the right to do something, but doesn't mean it is the wise thing to do. The book of Proverbs sure talks alot about wisdom more than being right. I used the word "practice" under my "Observations" because at times it doesn't come automatically. In fact most times we are thinking about ourselves than others (guilty here).
Bottomline is that let's all be sensitive to others as they navigate and grow in the Lord. Often times we have to think about what it was like when we were just starting our walk with the Lord. We didn't know alot of things and relied on other matured brothers and sisters in the Lord to help us along the way.
Pray: Lord thank you for your encouraging word today and reminder that we should continue to love one another and at times that means being mindful of what we do that may impact them. Thank you that you love us so much....in Jesus name...Amen.
"Let everything that has breath, Praise the Lord!"
Pastor Cameron Hiro, Heart of Aloha Church