Love builds up the church!

Scripture reading for July 15th:  1st Corinthians 8

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Corinthians 8:9-13  “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.  For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols.  So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.  When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.  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.”  

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” (1st Corinthians 8:1b)  Paul taught that believers had knowledge that idols were nothing and liberty through Christ to eat what they wanted with prayer and thanksgiving.   However, they must let the law of love rule their exercise of liberty.  Believers do not want to cause anyone weaker in faith to stumble.  If by our liberty, a weaker believer is lead into idolatry, we sin against them and Christ.  We have ability and responsibility to limit our liberties because of love for our brothers!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers help other believers by living a life of love and humble service! “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth, honor and life.”  (Proverbs 22:4)

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