Vs. 1, “Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” All too often, the seasoned Christian who has some knowledge of the Bible are prone to think too highly of themselves when they are around the baby Christians. In fact, the one who brags of knowing much, actually is proving he knows nothing! We must be sensitive to others and their experiences…obviously everyone has grown up differently. Paul makes a statement that we probably are not aware when we sin in such a way (vs. 12) with others…we are actually sinning against Jesus!
Regarding application…Accomodating Others. Vs. 9, “Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.” Paul reveals to us our true nature…we are a selfish creature. For example…while a more mature Christian may not be stumbled by secular music…if they are listening to it in front of a person who just became a Christian, they could most definitely cause a younger one to stumble. Question: How so? Let’s say, the young Christian just came out of a life of rap music where they actually lived the way so many rap songs talk about. Then they finally are convicted by the Holy Spirit to leave that type of lifestyle. After Bible study one night they are getting a ride home with an older Christian who they respect immensely. However, the older Christian is listening to the Notoriuos B.I.G. The younger Christian is in shock and doesn’t say anything, but thinks it must be okay to keep listening to that type of music. Because rap music played such a huge part of their old self…the younger Christian at first was convicted by the Spirit to leave that type of music, but the witnessing of the older Christian listening to it convinced the younger Christian it must be okay. Before you know it, the younger Christian is not only listening to that type of music again, but the lure of that lifestyle and the friends assoicated with that music bring them back to living ilke their old sinful self. While the older Christian wonders a couple of weeks later why so and so has all of the sudden stopped coming to church. You see brothers & sisters…while you may not be stumbled by certain things…it’s not always about YOU! I truly hope & pray you take that into consideration the next time you do something questionable and think its no big deal. Pray that God would reveal to your heart the things you may do that can cause your younger brothers & sisters to stumble.