Liberties

Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.
1 Corinthians 8:4‭ NASB

So for the one who knows there is no such thing as idols or gods, that they have no real existence, it is not a big deal to eat the food sacrificed to idols. But what about the brother or sister who has not yet come to terms with eating food sacrificed to idols or hasn’t surrendered their heart completely to the one true God?

It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
Romans 14:21 NASB

But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.
1 Corinthians 8:9‭, ‬11‭-‬13 NASB

We have a lot more liberality in our times now but what liberties are we comfortable with in our walk with God that may cause a brother or sister to stumble?

God of mercy and grace, forgive me for my insensitivity to the weaknesses and struggles of my brothers and sisters, that I could be contributing to their sin, by misuse of my knowledge from You. Make me aware and conscientiously seek to build them up in the knowledge of You so they may know the freedom found in You, Lord God. To Your glory and praise I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Continually Seeking Him,

🌹Sharon

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