13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way (Romans 14).
The word “obstacle” literally means “stub,” as in something causing one to “stub a toe.” The word for “stumbling block” literally means “a strap stick, or the movable stick or trigger of a trap,” used to ensnare a prey. This is one of the reasons we will be told in Romans 16:17 to “turn away from” or “avoid” people who cause dissensions. This is what such people do—they make others “stub a toe.” They try to “catch” others in mistakes measured according to their own standards.
Picture an image of someone hiding behind a corner and placing an object right where someone is about to step, knowing it will make them trip and fall. Is that not despicable? Well, it’s the same thing for someone who is attacking the conscience of another regarding a non-essential issue in the faith. Despicable.
Lord, thank You for never trying to make us trip and fall—but for always trying to keep us from falling. Help us This Day to help others keep from falling. Amen.