Christian Devotional – September 15, 2014

Read 1 Corinthians chapter 8

VERSE:

1 Corinthians 8:9–Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

TRUTH:

As believers and followers of Christ, this is an important principle. We must be aware of the impression that we give with our actions just as much as our actions themselves. As Christians, we are all given standards by which we determine things to be right or wrong. However, some things, while not intrinsically wrong, are wrong when done in excess. Examples might be drinking alcohol or eating food because we’re instructed not to be drunk and not to exhibit gluttony. In the example Paul was addressing, eating meat isn’t wrong and eating meat sacrificed to idols isn’t wrong because idols are worthless and meaningless, so in essence it’s just meat. But, a young, impressionable believer might see someone doing that and get confused and be led into sin, not realizing the difference in motivation. Paul didn’t want to be the cause of anyone to stumble. Are we also careful about our actions so that not even the hint of wrong can be found? We¬†don’t want to be a stumbling block to newer believers.

RESPONSE:

Father, I want to be an example to all believers that would strengthen their faith and draw them closer in their walk with You. Help me not to be blinded to the perception of others of my actions so that I can be careful not to be a stumbling block to others who have not come as far in their Christian walk.

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