More Than Bread Devotional for 6/23/08

1 Corinthians 8:11-33
11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.

I saw this verse on a blog last night and the comments on it just made me shout, Hallelujah! We as Christians need to start learning to live with a lot of grace. Paul speaks at the beginning of this chapter about how knowledge puffs up(remember the leaven thing?) but that love builds up. He says that the man who loves God is known by God. And we know that when we love God, we will also love our brother or sister in Christ. When we take our knowledge (even if we are right) and use it to demean or cause another believer to stumble or hurt, we have sinned!! Paul says that he would go so far as to never eat meat again, but this isn’t just about living vegan. We should all learn to err on the side of grace, even before being right.

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