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Mar
23

Living Sensitive to the Conscience of Others

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall." (1 Corinthians 8:12-13)
Observation
The weakness of another persons conscience can be destroyed by my "freedoms or lifestyle choices" in Christ. To think that I actually sin against God when I violate someone's conscience - causing them to stumble!!! That's scary!!!!

In modern day times - could my selection of music, tv shows, movies, my lifestyle, diet, sarcastic-friendly joking....be a stumbling block to others??? I answer with a firm...Yes!

I have been someone else's hurdle - a protruding object that cause another to trip or a ditch that others fall into.
Application
I have experienced causing others to question their lifestyle and walk with God, having been exposed to some of my lifestyle choices. Ouch!!! That is very scary! To think that I've been a stumbling object or hurdle for another to trip over.

As I search my heart, think about this passage of Scripture this morning, I am definitely convicted in several areas...

Convicted to challenge some possible "numb" areas of my life and heart. (some choices in what I allow my eyes to view, thoughts to think, feeling to feel...! Watch it Rod!)

Convicted to be more sensitive to people around me. I do need to watch what I say, how I say it, when I say it. I need to be mindful that others may not be in the same mood and mode I am in - so I need to be careful - especially when I'm in a light, fun, joking mood.
Prayer
Lord - thanks for the conviction of Your holy Spirit, once again!!! I need you and realize that I can grow instantly numb and calloused - I can be so-o-o-o-o insensitive to people. Please help me to check with You first, within my heart when I interact with others.
I don't want to sin against You and cause others to stumble. Thanks for being my Helper and Instructor!

Forgive me Lord, when I cause another to stumble and sin against You! Have mercy on me! And help me to be a man of God to ask those I offend for forgiveness! Help Lord!

Devotions for March 23

Joshua 15,16,17
1 Corinthians 8

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