“But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.” (1 Corinthians 8:9, NLT)

Throughout the day, we are confronted with hundreds of decisions. Each decision we make ultimately shapes the outcome of our day.

In business environments, there are certain values, standards, and behavior patterns considered “normal” by the world. In order for us to succeed in these environments, it is necessary for us to adopt many of these standards. Of course, this can be challenging because, as Christians, everyone around us holds us under intense scrutiny.

Everyone has a fundamental knowledge of how someone who claims to be a follower of Christ should act. We are viewed and judged by those standards. Although some may not know the Scriptures, they expect to see something in our lives that is missing in theirs.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Paul dealt with this very same issue in 1 Corinthians 8:9-13. He stated that he was fully aware that others watched, judged, and imitated his daily behavior. Although the topic of this passage may have been about eating meat offered to idols, the subject was about setting a godly example by not participating in behavior that would become a stumbling block for the weak or cause someone else to fall into sin.

Paul concluded that regardless of the legality of eating meat under God’s law, the real argument was that the effect of one’s actions on another person’s walk with Christ takes precedence. He further stated that he would never take part in behavior that might give the appearance of sin if it would harm another person.

So, we need to be more cautious in our daily decision-making process. God’s love on earth reveals itself through our behavior. It is a true act of love to be conscious of, and submit to, another person’s needs.

Think before you act this Tuesday! Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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5 Comments on “THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!”

  1. Great Post my Friend!!!! Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T It’s great day for an extra large Smoothie…..


  2. lifeofaministermom Says:

    Amen! Paul also tells us to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV) Someone’s always watching!


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