I recently purchased God is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology by Gerald Bray (which is currently on sale at Logos). While I haven’t read it all, I’ve appreciated different aspects of it. Here’s one section on Christian liberty I read this morning that I think is worth sharing:
The trouble with freedom is that there are no fixed rules that can be applied in every circumstance. If there were, our freedom would be lost. Each situation has to be decided on its merits, and in the nature of things, different people are almost bound to come up with different conclusions. The one thing that Paul counsels in such circumstances is that the law of love should prevail. If I am doing something that wounds the conscience of another Christian, how important is that thing to me? Would it really matter to me if I gave it up? If the answer is no, says Paul, then the right thing is to give way and not cause unnecessary offense. In time, the conscience of my “weaker brother” may be healed by my humility and spirit of self-sacrifice, but if I am obstinate and insist on my “rights,” it is virtually certain that I shall lose him, and that is simply not worth it.
Gerald Bray, God Is Love: A Biblical and Systematic Theology (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 692.
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