This morning I was reading in the book of Romans, chapter 14 where Paul talks about not placing a stumbling block in the way of our brothers and sisters.
RO 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
In thinking about this I made the connection that I need to be very careful of my actions. When I am dealing with new believers and even people that I may come in contact with in my every day dealings, that I do not let my action or my words place any stumbling blocks in any one's paths. My words and my actions reflect who I am and where my heart is. As a believer we need to "make up my mind not to put any stumbling block or obsticle" in any ones path. I need to be very careful in how we speak and how we act in the everyday world, because when we interact with others and we do not reflect the love of Christ we have in our hearts, we can either un-intentionally or intentionally leave a very large stumbling block in our wake. When people see us (and I mean me) interacting in a way that does not reflect Christ it gives them the wrong picture of what being a Christian is all about.
It makes me very sad when I think of all the times I fail miserably at this, most of the time I only recognize a failure in hindsight, an then I wish I could go back and change what I said or did. I am thankful that I can always ask my Heavenly Father for forgiveness as well as a new opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ I have in my heart to those I come in contact with.
I can try to be a building block for Jesus, not a stumbling block of the world.
I can remember :
- I don’t have to be first in line.
- I don’t have to get there before the car in front of me.
- My time is not more valuable than yours.
- I can smile even when I don’t feel like it.
- I can say please and thank you.
- I can be patient in the check out line at the Wal-Mart even if there is a mother with her two cranky toddlers in front of me.
- I don’t need to have the last word.
- I don’t have to participate in gossip.
- Not to honk at the car in front of me if they take more that a second to move through the green light.
- To treat you as I would want to be treated.
- To leave the table at the Chic-Fil-A (or any place I have been) cleaner than I found it.
- I can do something for someone without expecting anything in return.
- I can admit I’m wrong.
- I can say I’m sorry.
- I can ask for forgiveness.
- I can say “I Love YOU!”
- I can say “Jesus loves you!”