2 Samuel 20:14-21:22
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
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Focus Verses: 1 Corinthians 8:1-2; 9-12
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess
knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks
he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. - - - 9 Be
careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a
stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience
sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol's temple, won't he be
emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak
brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When
you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak
conscience, you sin against Christ.
a person knows, understands, and believes has a direct relationship
with what that person can or cannot do with a clear conscience. Some
Christians, with a clearer knowledge and understanding of truth, may
have freedoms that others do not. They must, however, exercise those
freedoms with sensitivity and care toward others--Christian or not--who
do not share them.
Knowledge that results in
carelessness toward others is not wise or Christ-like. Real and mature
knowledge is always more concerned with the interests of others than
with the exercise of personal freedoms.
Response and Action:
need to pursue truth and wisdom. The more I know the truth, the more
the truth will set me free. My freedoms must always be lived out with
reverence for Christ and concern for others. I must guard against
knowledge that is blind to the interests of others. I must avoid pride
and live with humility. I will not sin by exercising freedoms in ways
that are hurtful or destructive toward others.
God, Help me to grow in knowledge and understanding. I want to live in
the freedom that comes from a knowledge and understanding of truth. At
the same time, Lord, I want to live the truth in love. Give me a
sensitivity and awareness of the needs and views of others who may not
fully understand what is true or may not have the same freedoms. Give me
a love and concern for others that tempers and guides my actions. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 14:12-13
12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 13 Therefore
let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind
not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.
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