The story was told some years ago of a pastor who found the roads blocked one Sunday morning and was forced to skate on the river to get to church, which he did. When he arrived the elders of the church were horrified that their preacher had skated on the
Lord’s day. After the service they held a meeting where the pastor explained that it was either skate to church or not go at all. Finally one elder asked, “Did you enjoy it?” When the preacher answered, “No,” the board decided it was all right! (Today in the Word, December, 1989, p. 12)
That little story epitomizes the way a lot of legalists discern what is right or wrong. If you enjoy something, it must be wrong. That kind of attitude chokes the life out of Christians and robs them of their peace and joy. Nonetheless, our job is not to attack the legalist, but to be patient with him and nurture him in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Paul will go so far in today’s text to warn us that if we are harsh with our legalist brother or sister or cause them to stumble, we are sinning against Christ!
Lord help us to learn from today’s study to treat each other with more kindness and patience,