What happens to our Christian friends when we play around with sin?
Why should we care about how our actions impact others?
- Often our sin deeply hurts our Christian brothers and sisters:
“If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it… ” (1 Corinthians 12:26a)
- We incur the judgment of God if we cause the least among us to stumble:
“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)
Following, are excerpts from a letter I received today from a close friend who is lamenting over the sin of a fallen brother:
“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 (Sam’s sin)…
“Dwight, never before have I ever in my life convulsed due to the sin committed by a friend… it made me wretch… 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.”
Like it or not, our actions do 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 others to stumble.