Let's Consider Others with Our Christian Liberties
“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.” Romans 15:1-2
Christian liberties remain a popular topic among Christ followers no matter what side of the spectrum one lands on. Our past experiences shape us. For some, they’re left with a conviction not founded by Scripture, while others don’t feel an ounce of conviction regarding the very same act. This is the cause for the many arguments and debates regarding the gray areas in Scripture. Many who exercise their Christian liberties often feel judged by their “weaker brother or sister” (Romans 14:1). Truly, if our actions aren’t causing others to sin, they’ve placed themselves in the judgment seat. It’s okay to address this, but may we do so humbly.
As Christians, our focus should be to love God and others well. Throughout Scripture, we find the command to love others more than ourselves (Philippians 2:3; John 13:34; Romans 12:10). This includes those who may have an unbiblical opinion about our Christian liberties.
I’m not saying we can’t share our opinion on a matter or correct legalism, but at the end of the day, it’s better to prefer a fellow believer than to “quarrel over opinions” (Romans 14:1). We need not fear the judgment of mere man regarding the things Christ has made clean. But may we follow in the footsteps of Jesus, seeking to please others…not as people-pleasers out of fear of man, but as humble servants of God, willing to give up the pleasures of this world for the sake of the lives around us.
For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me…May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:3, 5-7).
Father, we are often quick to defend ourselves against legalism. Help us to know when to confront these things and when to prefer our fellow believer. May we always strive to be Christ-like in regards to the freedom we have in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read Romans 14. How can you better love your “weaker sister”?
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.