Scripture: 1Corinthians 8:9 Be careful, however that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.
1Corinthians 8:12 When you sin against them in this way and would their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.
Observation: Paul knew that idols were really nothing spiritual, but some people saw them as having authority and influence. Paul knew that he could eat meat that had been dedicated to the idols because the idols were really nothing more than wood or stone. But if some who were still convinced that the idols really had spiritual authority saw Paul eat meat that had been dedicated to the idol, they may become offended. Paul does not berate them for their lack of faith and maturity; he loves them; he takes the limitation on himself, not eating such meat. His love for them was stronger than his privilege of exercising his own freedom! Instead of demanding His rights, Paul saw that offending a younger believer was really sinning against Christ!
Application: In dealing with the devil, I need to know my rights and exercise them! But in dealing with my brothers and sisters in Christ, I need to be willing to limit myself. There are times when demanding my rights can actually be a sign of immaturity in me. It can be an expression of selfishness, not caring how my actions affect others.
Prayer: Lord, help me to love my brothers and sisters in Christ the way you love them. May I see them as you see them! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!