This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Daniel Grant.
1 Cor 8:9 says this to us “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” I see such a critical kingdom principle here, bear with the weaker brother or sister. We are to love those that have weaker consciences than us, and the way we are to love them is by laying down our rights. Here the example Paul uses is eating meat sacrificed to idols, but the principle stands. Those who are strong in faith are to love and lay down their ‘rights’ for those who have trouble with their conscience.
Paul finishes the thought with a firm statement: 12 “When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 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.” Paul would electively be a vegetarian, if that would help keep his brother or sister from stumbling. Where are these places in your life where you need to let go of your rights, or freedoms? By doing so you and I choose to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, and thereby LOVE Christ!!
Sending HUGE hugs,