PURSUE PEACE! And I’m not talking about the peace we find from self-care or rest. I’m talking about peace that God gives us when there’s unity among followers of Jesus (Ephesians 4:3). I’m so thankful for the freedom we have in Jesus, but as Christians it’s so easy for us to make decisions based on what we want. Our freedom can create an unnecessary divide. Sometimes I exercise my “freedom” before thinking about the effect it might have on others around me, how others might stumble due to my actions. Other times I am paralyzed by what others might think, I am weighed down with the pressure to help the Holy Spirit do its job.
Pursuing peace and keeping someone from stumbling should outweigh my personal freedoms. That to say — I don’t think it’s right to have a god-complex… Satan can quickly turn our cautious into straight up worry and pressure (which is not from Jesus btw)! As believers, our goal should be to clear a path in front of those who are prone to stumble, to help protect them from a weaker conscience or commitment to God. For me, I’m still trying to figure out the balance between forbearance and freedom, but I'm so thankful for a God that gives me the freedom to make mistakes and new mercies every single day.