SUMMARY: Stumbling block
OVERVIEW: Paul responds to another of the Corinthian’s questions. He reminds them to act out of love, thinking of those around them, instead of exercising their freedom to consume meat offered to idols.
BIG IDEA: Don’t be a stumbling block to others.
KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 8:9 (Paul to the Corinthians)
But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
You are free in Christ, and I want you to enjoy that freedom. But I also want you to exercise discipline and consider those around you. Context is everything. When you are around young or new believers, show some restraint. I want you to encourage those younger in the faith and not be a stumbling block. Build community—by showing love—rather than isolating others who are still growing in their faith.
Consider the community in which you live and even the season of life of those around you. It’s not always a question of whether or not an activity is sinful for some. It’s also about respect. If a couple who struggles to get pregnant is with you and other friends, don’t just talk about being parents. If someone is over for dinner with specific food allergies, try to have numerous safe options available. It’s not always about you. You are free in Christ to do many things, but I want you to strive to serve others before serving yourself.
Think of a friend or two who may be struggling in a particular area you and others are not. Spend some time with that person this week, doing something or going somewhere they would enjoy.