Out of love      . . .   because it is a rule or a man made law?




What is a “habit”?

Name a “Love”; a “Rule”; a “Permissive”; a “Stumbling Block”



Let’s take a look at some definitions from http://www.dictionary.com


Love: “a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent,
             child, or friend.”

Rule: “a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement . . .”

Permissive: “habitually or characteristically accepting or tolerant of something,
      as social behavior or linguistic usage, that others might disapprove or forbid.”

Stumbling Block: “an obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.”


Now let’s look at some related Scriptures . . .

Romans 14:12-14 (New International Version):
12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.  
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.
14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean
       in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33 (New International Version):
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God
33 even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good
      but the good of many, so that they may be saved.


Now for an important passage . . .

1 Corinthians 10:23 (New International Version):
23 "Everything is permissible"—but not everything is beneficial. "Everything is
         permissible"—but not everything is constructive.


Comments regarding the Scripture:

Paul desires not to create stumbling blocks out of love for another.

Paul intention is not to follow rules, but to show love for another.


Why was Paul concerned about stumbling blocks?

Do we create stumbling blocks for others?

How do you give the glory to God?

How is the Holy Spirit involved with our actions?



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