342. Stumbling Can Really Hurt

As I approached the table, I saw that Stan had a bandage on his head.  “What happened?” I asked as I sat down.

“I was taking a walk yesterday,” Stan replied, “and I stumbled over a part of the sidewalk that was raised up because of some tree roots.  I wasn’t paying enough attention and took a big fall.”

“Are you okay?” I asked.

“No permanent damage that I know of,” Stan responded.  “Spent a few hours at the Emergency Room and everything checked out fine.”

“Did it hurt much?” I asked.

“Some,” he replied, “but what hurt more was the lesson God had for me from this.”

“What lesson was that?” I replied.

“God opened me to see how much I can hurt others when I cause them to stumble in their walk with God.”

“You cause people to stumble?  How?”

“I don’t mean to do it,” Stan said, “but I know that too often there are things that come out of my mouth, or things that I do or don’t do, that may cause another person to stumble in his or her walk toward a deeper relationship with God.”

Continuing, he said, “As far as I know, my stumble yesterday did not cause any permanent damage to me, but I also know that when I cause another believer to stumble it may permanently damage that person’s walk with God.  And God definitely has something to tell me about that.”

“What?” I asked.

“Don’t,” was Stan’s one-word answer.


Determine this — not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.  Romans 14:13.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for showing me what you do and do not want in the area of causing other believers to stumble in their walk with you.  I confess that too often I cause such stumbling by what I say or don’t say, and by what I do or don’t do.  Please forgive all of those failings.  And please, Lord, lead me in never causing others to stumble in their walk towards a deeper relationship with you.  Lead and help me to follow.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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