Personal Freedom

In 1 Cor 8:9, Paul talks about our Christian freedom.  1 Corinthians tells us, that as Christians we have great freedom.  We have freedom from sin, sickness and death.  We have freedom to serve Him as long as it lines up with God’s word.  We have the freedom of choice of directing our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Much of what we do according to our conscience and what is revealed to our conscience is through the Holy Spirit.  To one Christian one thing is wrong but to another that thing may be perfectly acceptable.  Coming from the Holiness movement our fellowship has a real problem with certain social issues.  Many of these issues are more personal choice than biblical standards.  I choose as a Christian to not do certain things because of what is known as the stumbling block principle.  This principle is primarily about not causing another Christian to stumble in their faith because of something we believe or do.  We are our brother’s keeper.  Our lifestyle has much to say about us and our relationship with God.  If something we are doing is going to cause another’s faith to waver we should not engage in that practice or belief in their presence.  Everyone is accountable for their own actions but whether we realize or not what we do does affect others.  Now as I close today, I do not want you to live under condemnation with this truth but use t as a guideline to success.  Your pomises are:  Rom 12:1-2, James 4:7, 1 John 4:4, Rev 12:11.  Your Insightful Sayings are:  Communication is the key to strong relationships and marriages.  So keep your messages clear and simple.  Words have the power to heal or destroy so choose your words well.