Daily Devotion on 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Text: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Freedom is a pretty amazing thing. When is the last time you have considered what your life would be like if you lived in Iran instead of America?

As Christians and Americans we enjoy a double portion of freedom. We have all the liberties associated with America and if that isn’t enough for you we have even greater Christian freedom. As Americans, we are theoretically free to say what we want, free to travel wherever we want, free to work and live wherever we want. As Christians we are free from the condemnation associated with sin, we are free from the demands of the law because it has been fulfilled for us. We are free to use all of God’s creation his glory. We are free to enjoy the blessings God offers through this world.

Paul reminds us today that though we are theoretically free to do as we please, in reality we are bound by the law of love to consider how our choices will impact those around us. For the Corinthians eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols was pricking the consciences of some newer Christians. Paul wrote that even though the strong Christians knew that there was nothing special about the meat because there is only one God they should refrain from eating that meat for the sake of the weaker Christians.

Even though we do not see meat being sold at the Winn Dixie that has been sacrificed to idols we too can learn from this chapter in 1 Corinthians. The broad rule that God establishes here is that we are to avoid offending the consciences of other Christians even though we may be theoretically free to do the offending act. This will look different in every life and in every situation. The overriding rule: Let the love of Christ be reflected in all you do. Never forget that in Christ we are free from sin. We are free to love and serve those around us as Christ loved us. Borrowing from elsewhere in the Bible; consider others better than yourselves.

Prayer: Heavenly Father fill us with the love of Jesus. Let his love for us pour out on the world around us as we seek to bring glory to your name in all we do. Forgive us when we focus too much on what we want. Help us to see how we can help others see your love at work in our lives. We praise you for our freedoms in Christ. Amen.


About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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