Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.

However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.12 Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

An idol is anything you put in front of your relationship with God. Do we struggle with these things? As you read this, look back at your life over the past week. Is there anything that you may have placed as an idol above our Lord? Have the idols in our lives caused others to push away from Christ? Do we have a better relationship with our idols than we do with Jesus? Do other people see that these such things are more important to us than Jesus?

2 Comments

  • Donnie Blair

    Also we should watch our behavior in front of other christians. Something that is easy for us to resist may be a stumbling block to a weaker young christian. Head knowledge doesn’t make us great, but love and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ is what we should be living out

  • Patti Blair

    We should always be aware of our actions. What I might not struggle with may be the one thing my brother or sister in Christ does.
    Our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, for glorifying God, for our Savior should surpass ANYTHING that would hinder growth or falling away from God.

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