Their Needs Before My Rights
S. O. A. P.
Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
1 Corinthians 8:9
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
The Lord is cautioning all of us who are “Followers of Jesus” to think first of our fellow brothers and sisters who may be young or weak in the faith. In other words, just because I have the right to do something doesn’t make it right. Sometimes something we do can cause a brother or sister to fall spiritually. So whatever we do, we don’t want someone to fall spiritually just because we have the right.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! (Gal. 5:1, paraphrase). So for those bound by “Life Controlling” issues, it’s good to know that Jesus has broken those chains. For those who are bound by “Religious Tradition,” Jesus came to break that “Spirit of Legalism.” When we embrace Jesus … Freedom follows. But often a new believer, or a believer who is weak in a certain area of temptation, will follow you and me as models and look to us for spiritual help. It’s true that we should all keep our eyes on Jesus. But when people see Jesus in another person, they begin to trust that person and follow what they see. Something we do may be nothing in our own eyes, but to that one who is watching it can be a stumbling block that causes them to fall back into their “old ways.” That’s why, as “Followers of Jesus,” each of us should put … “Their Needs Before My Rights.”
I know that only by You’re help can I live for You. At the same time, I know people are watching me. Please help me today to “live out” the character and love of Jesus to everyone I meet. Amen