Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Eating Food Offered to Idols

KEY VERSE: 1 Cor 8:3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

Here Paul emphasizes that the issue about food offered to idols is not whether it is okay to eat or not, but whether my action is loving or not. If in exercising my freedom to eat, I cause a weaker believer to stumble, I’m not acting in love. But whenever I act in love towards my brother/sister, I am acting in love towards God. And when I love God by loving my brother/sister, I become known by God.

Love builds up, but knowledge puffs up. If I always make it my goal to do the loving things, I will always end up doing the right things. The right things are always the loving things, for God is love. But if I use my "superior" knowledge to prove I'm right and others wrong, then I'll end up doing the wrong thing--and stumble the weaker Christians who are watching us.
So, in dealing with difficult people, my goal is always to do the loving things, not the "right" things, but the loving things are always the right things. However, the loving things must not violate any moral precepts of God.

Father of love, I thank You that through Your Spirit, You have poured into my heart the love of God. May You empower me to always do what is loving, for in doing what is loving, I will be doing what is right. Amen.

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