“Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.”
1 Corinthians 8:1 NASB
“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 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 8:9-13 NASB
The First Epistle to the Corinthians is a master piece in pastoral theology. In this chapter, Paul asks the church to be careful with their liberty.
Paul teaches the church that our love should be above our knowledge, because the knowledge without love makes ourselves arrogant. But love helps us and other to grow.
If we use our liberty without love, we become a stumbling block to those with week conscience. And at this point we are sinning against Christ.
In Brazil there is a high rate of alcoholics, which brings domestic violence to the homes of people when they loose self-control. Because of that, most of Christians would not drink alcohol. And the ones that choose to drink, would only drink in private. And even when drinking in private, they must know that among the present people there is no one with such a problem. We understand that drinking alcohol is not a sin but this is a big issue in the Brazilian society. So most of the Christians decided to don’t use the liberty and the knowledge to stumble people with this problem, instead, by love, care for our brother and sisters with this problem.
How my knowledge, liberty and action are affecting other people? Am I edifying people around me or am I becoming a stumbling block for them?
Lord, thank you for this Saturday. Bless the Koahine ministry today as they speak to the woman in our church. Help me to not be a stumbling block to other people, but that by love I edify people around me. In Jesus name I pray.