Daily Bible Podcast Day 082 – Joshua 15-17, 1 Corinthians 8

January 21, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan

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

Observation:
Paul says that we as Christians are free to do many things. He uses the example of food sacrificed to idols. Since the idols are meaningless to the mature believer in Christ, he may eat food sacrificed to them. The sacrifice is meaningless because the idols are. However, the idols do have meaning for some, and seeing the Christian eating such food could lead weaker believers to false conclusions and lead them astray.

Our decisions need to be made not only based on what we are free to do, but what will lead those weaker in Christ in the right direction, not the wrong one.

An example might be alcohol. The Christian is free to drink, but his drinking might set a poor example for the young and lead them astray.

Application:
Clearly I should be looking for things that I am free to do but are not beneficial to to others weaker in Christ. I’m not sure what things these might be in my own life, but I will try and examine what I do to see if I can find any way that I might cause others to stumble.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t know if I have behaviors that cause others to stumble. If I do, please reveal them to me and give me a greater sensitivity to the effect that I might have on those weaker in Christ than I. I want to do my part to move others closer to you, not farther away.

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