1 Corinthians 8-11:1
Believers represent God by using their influence to bring others to Him.
Paul would not do anything to cause a person to fall 1 Corinthians 8:13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
There was a debate in the church at Corinth over food sacrificed to idols. One party of this debate believed that the food used in pagan ritual ceremonies was sacrificed to real idols and therefore found it sinful to eat it [vv.7-8]; the other party believed rightly that the idols were false and that the food sacrificed to them was no more evil or impure than any other food. [vv.4-6]
Paul agrees that there is nothing wrong with eating food sacrificed to idols, but he restates the entire debate in terms of love. While it may not be wrong to eat this food sacrificed to idols, it is unloving to do so if it causes other “weaker” brothers and sisters to stumble. [vv.1-3,9-12] Paul said I will do nothing to cause my brother or sister to fall. [v.13 above]
While we don’t have an issue with food sacrificed to idols in our culture, the principles behind this debate certainly apply. Which is more important to you, your freedom to partake of this particular substance or the souls of your brothers and sisters?
The question for you today is this: What are you willing to give up for the sake of your brother or sister’s spirit or to keep someone from rejecting Jesus? May God empower us to love the church and lost people sacrificially because we love Jesus!
Are we willing to die to self; following the example of Jesus as He voluntarily died on the cross for our sins?
Henry Luke 3/26/2018
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