by Randy Chambers, 2021-12-28
Romans 14:13, NIV: Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one
another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle
in your brother's way.
Consider the private sin--the sin that is between you and God, and no one else.
What would that sin look like? It might be a matter you may choose to keep to
yourself. It might be a matter that you should keep to yourself, or rather, only
confessed to God and no other. It is certainly something to be confessed, to be
repented of, and dealt with. It may be your worse stumbling block--or your
greatest embarrassment. But rest assured, you are not the only one affected.
There is reason to deal with sin; reason that goes beyond ourselves. The sin in
our lives hinders us from being the men and women God calls us to be. It causes
us to stumble, and in ways we may not even see, bring others down with us. It
has been said that, "No man is an island." This is a very real truth in
relationship to our Christianity. The sin may be private sin, but it hurts far
more than just the sinner; and demonstrates that our need to overcome is of
greater importance to the body, than just to the self.