... a weekly letter of encouragement.
April 19, 1995
WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS WHEN WE PLAY AROUND WITH SIN?
Are we free to do as we please?
Why should I care about how my actions impact others? It's none of their business!
That is not exactly correct. Paul reminds us that....
"...If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it..." (I Corinthians 12:26a)
Following is an excerpt from a letter I received today from a close friend who is lamenting over the sin of another brother who has fallen.
"...Where my real grief lies is with Sam+ and his family. Mary+ and I have been experiencing severe buffeting due to the consequences associated with the public's recent knowledge of the misguided events...
"Dwight, never before have I ever in my life convulsed due to the sin committed by a friend...it made me wretch in my condition as a natural man...how much more so for a pure and holy God...
"Be careful how you walk, Dwight, for the days are full of evil and Satan continues to roam about looking for guys like you and me...
"After seeing Sam's world come apart in the midst of the absence of accountability to anyone...it serves as a terrifying reminder of just how close we all are (to sinning) at any given time."
Christ gives us this sobering warning,
"...Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depths of the sea." (Matthew 18:6)
As a boy, my father observed hypocrisy within his church and walked out at age 16, never to return again.
Like it or not, our actions profoundly affect the lives of those around us.
Not to mention the account to which God will call us, should we by our actions cause another to fall.
Have a great week!
+Names have been changed
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