November 10, 2018: SOAP #3264:   Job 35, 36; 1Corinthians 7, 8 Scripture:  1Corinthains (NIV) 8:8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling-block to […]

November 10, 2018: SOAP #3264:   Job 35, 36; 1Corinthians 7, 8

Scripture:  1Corinthains (NIV) 8:8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling-block to the weak.

Observation:   Freedom provides opportunities for us to prove and demonstrate our love for God.   It is in freedom that one can best bring joy to God as they freely choose that which honors Him.

In the previous verses we see:   knowing that idols are not really gods, gives freedom to eat food that may have been dedicated to them.   In verse 9, Paul was encouraging the saints in Corinth to exercise their freedom by not eating certain foods if it would offend a weaker believer.   The weaker believer might think they were honoring the idols to which they had been dedicated.

Application: My freedom can be exercised in two ways. First is by participating in that which God has given me freedom to do. The second is by not participating in that which God has given me freedom to do if it would hinder another believer. The first way demonstrates my freedom; the second demonstrates my love.

I need to be careful how I demand my rights!   May I never demand my rights as a citizen of the United States of America in such a way that it hinders someone from experiencing their right to become a citizen of heaven!

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, help my life to benefit others and not hinder them in loving and serving God!   Help me be wise in demanding my rights. Amen

Pastor Leon
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