15 … Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died (Romans 14).
It is one thing to think about hurting and destroying another person, it is another to hurt and destroy a fellow believer—then again, it is quite another altogether to think about hurting and destroying “him for whom Christ died.” Wow! That gives a whole new perspective, doesn’t it? It means we fulfill Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 5:16—“Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh.”
Think about this for a moment: what if we actually did this? What if, every time we step into our church buildings, we look at everyone we see as someone “for whom Christ died”—someone covered by the blood of our Lord. What if, every time we meet a fellow believer on the street, we think to ourselves, “The blood of my Lord flowed down the cross and spilled onto the ground for this person.” Should this not make our fellow believers so much more precious in our eyes? Doesn’t this change everything? In light of this, how could we ever even think about hurting or destroying them? Isn’t it the ultimate wrong?
Lord, thank You again for the blood that flowed—not just for us, but for others we know, and even for strangers we meet who are really not strangers at all, if we know the blood flowed for them too. Help us This Day to see fellow believers as those “for whom Christ died.” Amen.