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TOLERANCE

December 25, 2014

Thursday

 

1 Corinthians 8:8-13

 

Authority, Responsibilities Of

Human Authority, Nature Of

But food will not commend us to God; we are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat. But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols?

 

 

LESSON

 

At issue is the nature of the community. Is it a community where those with a correct theology can ignore others who have an aversion to eating the idol-consecrated food? What must prevail is not the principle of superior knowledge but the realization that those who lack knowledge are those for whom Christ died.

How free should you be as a Christian – especially when dealing with younger, less mature believers? Paul addresses a difficult subject as freedom and legalism are compared. Make sure whatever you do leads to either you or others being built up because knowledge puffs up but love builds up.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 16:24

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