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The Stronger And The Weaker

"Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak" (1 Cor.8:9).

The apostle Paul is dealing with a tricky issue here in this chapter of 1st Corinthians. It is whether or not it is okay to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols. There is nothing inherently wrong with it as Paul explains in verse eight. Strong Christians can readily see this, but the ones with a weaker conscience don't get it. Paul lets us know that since Christ died for the weak as well as the strong, that the stronger ones must be a positive influence on the weaker ones. It is as if Paul is making this a kind of stewardship that a stronger Christian must assume. The actions of the strong, however innocent, may still serve as examples that may lead others from the faith... Negatively influencing a brother or sister in the Lord to violate one's conscience is equivalent to sinning against Jesus... "Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall" (1 Cor.8:12). When we think only of ourselves, it may make us blind to the possible repercussions that stem from our actions... It is individualistic perspective that ignores the needs of others and Christ's great lesson about guiding others through love to salvation. Here in 1st Corinthians chapter eight, Paul reaffirms Christ's teachings, by reminding stronger Christians to act as stewards or mentors to the weak. Paul vowed, that even though his actions were innocent and acceptable, if they caused his weaker brother to stumble, he would not do them again. Jesus put it this way: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Lk.9:23). It may be a hard lesson to learn, but I think that the hard is what makes it great....

Have a wonderful start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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