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Standing By

1 Corinthians 10:12 

12 Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall. (CEV)

12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (NIV)

When I think I’ve got it right,
above temptation,
so sure of what I say,
beyond reach,
and untouchable

that Lord,
is when I am relying on me,
not you;
going by what I think,
my position

and when I am weak,
beacause I am no longer looking at you.

I come
in my vulnerability,
my less than certainty,
my times of wobble
and despair

Let my certainty
and hope
be in you
and not where I stand

for only in you
may I be sure,
only in you
may I stand firm

Could I, Would I, Should I, Will I?

Could I, would I, should I, will I?

Give up something, that is perfectly acceptable to me, if my doing it hurts or harms someone else?

Just because I think it is OK, someone else may not be able to cope with it.

Paul’s focus here is on food, but the scope is much wider.  What am I doing in my life, that may be harming the life of others?  What do I do, possibly even without thinking, that is making life harder for someone else?  Making it more difficult for them to hang on in there, or stick to their path?  Putting temptation in someone else’s way?  Making them angry or upset – with good reason?  What things do I say, that would be better not said?

Things that may be effecting my life, without me realising, or even thinking?

Something to pause and think on as we journey through Lent.

1 Corinthians 8  (CEV)

Food Offered to Idols

In your letter you asked me about food offered to idols. All of us know something about this subject. But knowledge makes us proud of ourselves, while love makes us helpful to others. In fact, people who think they know so much don’t know anything at all. But God has no doubts about who loves him.

Even though food is offered to idols, we know that none of the idols in this world are alive. After all, there is only one God. Many things in heaven and on earth are called gods and lords, but none of them really are gods or lords. We have only one God, and he is the Father. He created everything, and we live for him. Jesus Christ is our only Lord. Everything was made by him, and by him life was given to us.

Not everyone knows these things. In fact, many people have grown up with the belief that idols have life in them. So when they eat meat offered to idols, they are bothered by a weak conscience. But food doesn’t bring us any closer to God. We are no worse off if we don’t eat, and we are no better off if we do.

Don’t cause problems for someone with a weak conscience, just because you have the right to eat anything. 10 You know all this, and so it doesn’t bother you to eat in the temple of an idol. But suppose a person with a weak conscience sees you and decides to eat food that has been offered to idols. 11 Then what you know has destroyed someone Christ died for. 12 When you sin by hurting a follower with a weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 So if I hurt one of the Lord’s followers by what I eat, I will never eat meat as long as I live.

help me to reflect on all I do.
To realise the things that damage others,
don’t help in situations,
point people in the wrong direction
and are unhelpful to me.

I hand them to you,
and receive
your forgiveness
and life.

Prayer in Temptation vii


43 You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” 44 But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you. 45 Then you will be acting like your Father in heaven. He makes the sun rise on both good and bad people. And he sends rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong. 46 If you love only those people who love you, will God reward you for that? Even tax collectors love their friends. 47 If you greet only your friends, what’s so great about that? Don’t even unbelievers do that? 48 But you must always act like your Father in heaven.

I can do love.
That warm,
that filling
of compassion
and care;
the willingness to sacrifice,
put someone else first,
meet their needs
above mine.

I can do love.
when I feel love,
know security,
bask in the wonder
of another’s care
of me.

I can do love,
love those around me,
those like me,
those I understand,
if I am honest,
I approve of,
those who love me.

And yet

You ask me
also to love those
who I don’t get,
those who I don’t understand,
who don’t understand me,
those who hurt me
and make me feel bad.

Can I do that kind of love?
Let in those I am afraid of,
open myself up to them?
Long to care for them,
even though,
they care so little for me?

To love only my friends,
my kind,
my supporters,
costs me little.
It is no real sacrifice,
for I get so much from it.

But your way
is to love without barriers,
to love without
ever hoping to get anything back,
to give,
and keep on giving.
because it is not about me,
but about you.

Lead me not into temptation.
Not to take the easy route,
but to love those who really need loving,
who may have no one else,
who find it hard to be loved;
then I am loving your way.

Give me your strength
and your love.
Because the most amazing thing
is that you love me.

Teach Me To Love