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1 Corinthians 8:13
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.
This chapter was designated by St. Paul to deal with meat sacrificed to idols, and whether or not it was alright for the “Follower Of Christ” to eat that meat. There was great contention over this matter. Of course, Paul took the position of Grace. But then he added something. He said, “I’m more interested in seeing my brother or sister built up in the faith instead of stumbling because of something I’ve done that was offensive to them.” Paul then said he’d forego what he felt no condemnation in doing, in order to see his friend built up in the faith.
This argument has carried on for ages. Is this ok to do as a Believer, or is this not ok to do as a Believer? This would include things such as bars and clubs and drinking and on and on. But like I said before, Paul ratchets the discussion up to something higher. Maybe it’s ok for me to do whatever it is that’s in question, but perhaps my brother can’t handle seeing me doing it. For instance, if my brother was a former alcoholic and was saved and delivered from such, maybe he would be shocked and offended that I imbibed in such action. In such a case, Paul is saying that my love for that person causes me to forgo what I see as not a personal problem for me. So I have to join the Apostle in this matter and simply say that if my brother is prone to stumble because of my continual action on a given issue, “Then I Won’t Do It!”
I’m asking You to help me put Love above what I enjoy! Amen