1 Corinthians 7-10
After Paul spends time as a missionary in Corinth he hears reports of sinful behavior and writes these letters to the church in Corinth. This portion covers sexual sin and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
What is the key verse? Why?
1 Corinthians 8:7-13
However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
This reminds me that I am my sister’s/brother’s keeper. It is so important that our actions not lead others to sin, and that everything we do is fueled by love.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I frequently think about how my example/actions will influence others. For me personally, it’s easiest to have a heart of selfishness in regards to my social media posts. I think in the current climate it’s easy to say what I think and not care about how it affects the people in my life that may think differently than I do. This verse reminds me that I must always think about how my posts will affect my brothers and sisters in Christ, and whether or not I am truly acting out of love.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I saw Jesus shine through the sacrificial heart of this key verse. To put the needs of others above his own is exactly what Christ did for us throughout his ministry here and with his death on the cross. He calls us to do the same.
I hope this helps you see the bible with new vision!