Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Peter 2:16 (KJV); As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
God has availed us with deep and countless liberties in the realm of the Spirit. In fact, His Word is called the perfect law of liberty (James 1:25).
However, it is possible for our liberties to become stumbling blocks for other brethren.
For example, a Christian may by liberty go into a bar for the purposes of preaching the gospel, as we have been sent into the world. While there, he or she orders a non-alcoholic drink that looks like beer in a glass.
Unfortunately, another struggling believer enters the same bar, and sees the same believer and assumes he or she was drinking beer. He may use it as justification to continue with his drinking habit.
Liberty, therefore, must always be exercised with wisdom. It is not enough to be free to do what you wish to do. You must also understand the boundaries within which our liberties operate.
Always remember that the consciences of men are more important to God than our liberties. To God, you would rather restrain from exercising a liberty He has given you if that liberty will lead another man into sin or hinder his spiritual growth.
FURTHER STUDY: James 1:25, Galatians 5:13
GOLDEN NUGGET: The consciences of men are more important to God than our liberties.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. I know that I have been called to a life of freedom. I do not use it as an opportunity to serve the flesh, but through love, I serve the brethren. Wisdom works in me to understand the boundaries of our liberties. My personal liberty will never become a stumbling block to others, in Jesus’ name, Amen.