May 28th, 2017
Mankind is Not an Island unto Himself
1 Corinthians 10:29-30 (KJB) Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? 30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
The natural man can often be doggedly insistent upon having his own way despite a weighty spiritual cost to witnessing for God, himself, and others. Mankind often fails to appreciate the fact that his every decision and move in this world will certainly affect others.
The man of God humbly understands that he is not an island to himself. He knows that making godly choices is important and ultimately his decisions will affect his relationship with God and others. Just because his conscience does not bother him other people may not share in the same liberty in their own personal relationship with God. Rather than cause another to stumble, or chance the placement of a spiritual roadblock, or cause an unbeliever watching to quiet the beckoning of God, the man and woman of God gently consider others before taking unnecessary or spiritually risky liberties for himself.
The spiritual love at work inside the heart of a child of God causes him to consider how other lives may be impacted before he or she chooses to do something that could offend or spiritually harm his own testimony or another soul in either saved or lost condition.