Obstacles and Stumbling Blocks

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

It can be easy to be critical and notice flaws and inconsistencies in others. Yet, whenever we do so, we’re reminded of Jesus’ warning: “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2).

The Bible teaches us to understand that criticisms should be dealt with in the context of the Body of Christ. This is the core of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18 about resolving conflicts.

Our goal, Jesus said, should be to build up the Body and establish stronger bonds and relationships. As we are united together in this way, we can unleash more spiritual power to advance God’s purposes: “If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).

However, a key to this kind of unity is taking the “log” out of our own eye first. We must be sure that our own hearts and minds are clean before we try to correct others (Matthew 7:3-5).

We also need to be concerned that we do not create stumbling blocks or obstacles. These could be something we say or do, a gesture, or a place we go. We must remember that “each one of us will give an account of himself to God” (v. 12).

Jesus said, “Woe to the world because of its stumbling blocks! For it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come; but woe to that man through whom the stumbling block comes!” (Matthew 18:7)

Today, ask God to reveal if you are creating obstacles or stumbling blocks for others. Ask Him to purify your heart and mind. In everything you do, seek to be pleasing to God and to build up His Kingdom.