Today’s Bible reading is I Corinthians chapter 8
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” (I Corinthians 8:9)
People do not care how much we know until they know how much we care. Paul stated it another way, “knowledge makes us feel important, but it is love that strengthens the church.” Loving God and loving our church family pleases God more than anything else we do. Paul said, “But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” (I Corinthians 8:3 ESV) The Corinthian believers wrote Paul with a question about meat that had been offered to idols. Some were buying this meat at discounted prices without any violation of their conscience, but other believers were offended. Paul’s concern was that some church members might become a stumblingblock. Paul’s conviction was that if certain foods caused someone else to stumble then don’t eat them! Our fellow believers for which Christ died, are worth more than personal privileges or preferences. When we hurt a fellow believer, we sin against Christ.
Prayer: “Dear Father, forgive us where we have been a stumblingblock, help us to walk in love. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron