1 Corinthians 8:9 Be Careful In Your Freedom

 

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Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9

During the biblical times, there were many rules on foods that a person could or could not eat as a believer in God. Food was often used as a sacrifice to idols, thus people were not to eat any food that had been sacrificed.

Paul just pointed out that food sacrificed to a false idol was no different from any other food. As a believer in Jesus the people could eat any food as long as they gave thanks to God for it.

Now he states that people should be careful in this knowledge and their freedom to not cause anyone else to stumble.

Newer believers often struggle with knowing what their freedom is in Christ. They are still working on removing themselves from the ways of the world. Doing the things that they have freedom to do, can cause them to fall back into sinful ways, or they may still see them as sinful.

Freedom to do what a person wants to do, regardless of what others think, is a common thought in this world. Believers are not to live like that. They are to be concerned first with God’s thoughts, then for the other person.

In Jesus there is a lot of freedom in doing things. However, they must be done with the proper motivation. They should not be done with the mindset of that it is the person’s right to do it. Rights need to be put aside to build others up.

It is all about love of the other person. That is what God did in sending Jesus and what Jesus did in going to the cross, it was about love. Love builds up, rather than demands personal rights.

In your own personal life there may be things that God has helped break the bondage to. This allows you to work with those things, without sinning or being pulled away from God. One example is drinking alcohol. You may see it as allowable, while another still sees it as sinful or dangerous.

However, there may be others that still struggle with it. Put those things aside to keep them from struggling and stumbling before God.

Be willing to put your own rights aside, so that you may build someone else up. Do not allow yourself, on purpose, or on accident to cause anyone to stumble in any way.

I pray today that you will know the freedom that you have in Jesus; that you will know the love God has for people; that God will guide you in the proper use of your freedom; and that you will not be a stumbling block to anyone.

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When You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good (Guest Blog)

Minister Aldtric Johnson wrote this excellent post on being smart in your own way. 

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It’s amazing to me that God is humble enough to allow those He created in His image to attain enough knowledge and wisdom of this world to decide that He is not real.

Some of us can allow the aspects of being created in His image to become a stumbling block..

Please read the rest of the article at: When You’re Too Smart For Your Own Good…

1 Corinthians 8:9 Exercising Your Rights

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9

One of the challenges that was being faced in the church of Corinth was whether to eat meat sacrificed to idols or not. The pagan belief was that eating meat that was sacrificed would give you blessings from that god. Paul pointed out that eating the meat was just that and nothing more. Meat is just meat regardless of where it came from.

Some believers had come to understand that and was willing to eat the meat, while others still would not. Those who would eat the meat, ate it for the sake of food, not that it was sacrificed meat. Others could not get past the idea that it had been sacrificed and refused to eat it.

Even though they had the right to eat the meat, Paul says do not do it when around those who would not eat it. They had to give up their rights to strengthen the others.

Today people do not have to deal with sacrificed meat, at least in America, but there are other things that can cause stumbling blocks. There are believers who refuse to dance because dancing is usually associated with night clubs and bad parties. Other believers accept it as just a way to glorify God and enjoy time together.

Some believers refuse to allow women to wear pants, while others accept it. Some accept drinking a little wine, while others none. The list goes on and on. There are many things the Bible is silent on, which allows difference of opinion.

Paul says to be careful about your freedom here. If you are around someone who does not believe in doing something, even though it is not spoken against in the Bible, do not do it at that time. Do not try to force the person to accept your ways and beliefs.

The important things in life is believing in and obeying Jesus. After that, many things are subject to personal interpretation. What may be wrong for one person, may not be wrong for another. Although there are certain things that the Bible directly states are sin and they are wrong for everyone. Anything outside of those sins is matter between you and God.

Be willing to sacrifice your freedom to build someone else up.

I pray today that you will know what God calls sin; that you will know what God allows in freedom; that you will be sensitive to others thoughts; and that you will work to build other believers up.