I stopped taking resolutions when I turned 25 because I don’t need any new resolutions now. I should journal every day; I should read Bible and pray every day with a whole heart; I should prioritize my work and be organized; I should keep my room clean – these are some of the resolutions I took long ago and am still struggling to fulfill it.
But this month, I added a new resolution to my list, as Paul says in Romans 14:13, “Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” Although this resolution seems two thousand years old, we should renew it yearly. Just like the people of Rome centuries ago, today’s believers create specific rules for the new believers to follow. Also, they command others to follow certain things not mentioned in the Bible. These obstacles become a stumbling block for the followers of Jesus Christ to continue their race. Galatians 2:16 says, ‘…a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ….’ For us to be forgiven, we should believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
By deciding not to add any stumbling block in other believers’ life, we are letting people celebrate Jesus Christ and the gospel.