Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7-8.

Today’s thoughts are not so much from the text, but from what I learned from the text. I’ve probably read 1 Corinthians 8 200 times, but I noticed something for the first time today. I’ve always read this in the past as if it is talking about people who know it is okay to eat meats offered to idols versus those who aren’t sure whether it is alright. In that context, Paul’s warning is you might prompt someone to go against their conscience by eating that meat even though they aren’t sure if it is alright to do so. That isn’t the point at all. Paul’s concern is that people who have had the habit of worshiping idols by eating offered meat will see a knowledgeable Christian eat that meat and think it is actually okay for Christians to worship idols through eating meat offered to idols. They are destroyed not because they ate something they weren’t sure they were supposed to, but because they turned back to their idolatry. I would have never understood that if I hadn’t gone ahead and read it the 201st time. So I encourage you, put God in the beginning by staying in His Word. Keep reading; keep learning.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 9-10.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, don’t make the mistake a lot of adults make as they read 1 Corinthians 8. They get so bogged down in whether or not it is okay to eat meats offered to idols they miss Paul’s main point. His point is we are supposed to love our brothers and sisters more than we love our own pleasures and privileges. Keep that in mind as you grow up. When your pleasures and privileges lead your Christian friends to fall from their relationship with God, they need to go. You should love their souls and be more concerned about their eternity more than your temporary fun. Always remember that.

Photo adapted from Graceway Media

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