"Love does no wrong to a brother therefore love is the fulfilment of the law." – Romans 13:10
What do you do when you are at liberty to do something you know is right by you but it might offend a fellow believer or cause them to question their faith or stumble?
What is our responsibility in Christ to keep a brother or sister in Christ from stumbling?
What does it mean not to make another to stumble?
As we look through the chapter of Romans 14 we find that we could make someone else to stumble when we, through our actions place something in front of a believer that causes them to feel condemned before God. We are placing a stumbling block in their path when we cause them to question, to have doubts before God. Scripture says, whatever is not done in faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)
Romans 14, is where we find this intersection between love and righteousness.
How those of a strong faith are to conduct themselves amongst the weak.
The instruction is that we are to have the same attitude of mind that Jesus had.
Romans 15:1 reads, “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 neighbour for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself,”
Placing others needs above our own, helps us to avoid falling into pits of legalism and self-righteousness.
This is such an easy pit to fall into and this is some of what Paul is addressing here in Romans 14<