Text: 1 Corinthians 8 (2 Samuel 11-12)
1 Corinthians is a letter addressed to a church that has a variety of issues and disputes regarding questions about their new Christian life together. As Paul wrote the letter, he addressed these different topics in turn, and so the letter can seem to jump from subject to subject. Chapter 8 addresses a matter we do not encounter in our times – food that has been consecrated to a pagan god. However, we can find a vital principle for Christian living in the text:
…“knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. (1 Corinthians 8:1)
We can read a passage in the Bible and think we know what it says about how we are to live our lives. We can even makes rules for ourselves and others. Others might come to a different conclusion about the same topic. The teaching of this chapter is that when these differences appear (and they do), it is always our role to choose our love for the other person over our need to be right. As a husband I know once quipped, “When my wife and I disagree, I have to ask myself, ‘Which do I want to be, right or happy?'” This does not mean that we compromise the truth, but it says everything about how we treat others.
in Him, Mike