Every good driver knows what a yield sign means. It means that you are prepared to stop if another driver is approaching from another direction. A stop isn’t required if there are no other vehicles in the vicinity.

Followers of Christ follow their own yield sign, particularly in the areas of Christian liberty. There are areas of freedom in the Christian life, which we may voluntarily yield to help our neighbor walk with the Lord. Here’s the principle: “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself” (Romans 15:2-3).

In the early church these included eating food sacrificed to idols or keeping the Sabbath Day. Some held that food, sacrificed to demons was unclean and therefore shouldn’t be eaten. Others knew that such food wasn’t defiled, and so had the freedom to eat. However, to help the weaker neighbor, there were times when the one would willingly abstain, not because of requirement, but because of love.

Be willing to yield.


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