What is the measuring stick for our freedom?
What makes something right or wrong?
Who is the weaker brother?
“For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” – Romans 14:7-9
If you take the above passage and in verses 7 and 8 substitute “Lord” with “Love” you get the answers to the first two questions above.
I am no longer under the law. I have heard the Truth and the Truth has set me Free Indeed! That Love from Above that He has placed in me is constantly learning and growing in ways I never could have imagined when I was under the law.
When I was under the law I was a weaker brother and the more law and guilt and shame I had the weaker I was- here in is the Love from Above and a point of growth. When I am around legalist Christ will work through me so I may follow the law to which they live. This is the reason why Christ died to bring the kind of Love that only He could bring- what kind is that?
1) His Love always considers the other before self- He didn’t hang on the cross because He enjoyed the view- He did it for you!
2) His Love says be willing to understand the chains that the weaker brother is in so that you don’t judge them and you respect their chains.
3) His Love says living or dying if we belong to the Lord we are ALL about Love and if that puts us in situations to be under laws of the weaker brother- Love brings that out in you.
Here is a meditation for you. Find a time and a place where you probably won’t be disturbed but if you are look at it as a gift from God. Begin to take several deep breaths and with every exhalation see yourself giving your stress to Him. Begin to get a picture of you with a weaker or more legalistic brother or sister. As you see them you see that they need the Love God has placed in you. The Love that is non-judgmental, non-condemning, always patient and always kind. Begin to give them that nourishment and:
Breathe in and say:
“May Love always”
Breathe out and say:
“Be above freedom”
Practice this until you would rather Love your brothers and sisters than enjoy your freedom in Christ- then you will be free indeed!