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1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 8 – Enjoying your liberty

“For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” 1 Corinthians 8:10-12

While many of the saints at Corinth were maturing, there were other believers that were still wrestling with issues they experienced in the past.  Paul encouraged the spiritually grown Saints to be careful with their liberties as to not stumble others. In this portion of scripture, some of the Saints were eating meat that was apparently offered to idols. Paul explained that although there was nothing wrong with the meat they were consuming, some of the saints could potentially stumble, assuming the food they were eating was somehow tainted.

Paul encouraged the older Christians to forego their liberties for the sake of preserving the spiritually weaker brethren. After all, it wasn’t worth stumbling the younger Saints and ultimately creating discourse amongst each other. Finally, Paul reminded the Christians that along with foregoingtheir liberties, they would also have to give an account to the Lord as to how they exercisedtheir liberties.

 

CHALLENGE

We live in a day and age where everyone is “fighting” for their rights. But just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t always mean that it’s profitable to do so. Like the Saints of God, we have to realize that we’re all recovering sinners. Do you enjoy something that may be in question to another brother? Then perhaps you should keep it to yourself and enjoy that liberty on your own time.

RPF