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Don’t Cause Trouble

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1 Corinthians 10:23-33 (CEV)

Always Honor God

23 Some of you say, “We can do whatever we want to!” But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful. 24 We should think about others and not about ourselves.25 However, when you buy meat in the market, go ahead and eat it. Keep your conscience clear by not asking where the meat came from. 26 The Scriptures say, “The earth and everything in it belong to the Lord.”

27 If an unbeliever invites you to dinner, and you want to go, then go. Eat whatever you are served. Don’t cause a problem for someone’s conscience by asking where the food came from. 28-29 But if you are told that it has been sacrificed to idols, don’t cause a problem by eating it. I don’t mean a problem for yourself, but for the one who told you. Why should my freedom be limited by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I give thanks for what I eat, why should anyone accuse me of doing wrong?

31 When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God. 32 Don’t cause problems for Jews or Greeks or anyone else who belongs to God’s church. 33 I always try to please others instead of myself, in the hope that many of them will be saved.

Today’s smack between the eyeballs verse is v32,

 Don’t cause problems for Jews or Greeks or anyone else who belongs to God’s church.

Which ties together the whole chapter.

Don’t cause problems for others, or as the Good News Version puts it

Live in such a way as to cause no trouble either to Jews or Gentiles or to the church of God

That is quite a responsibility.

When I’m sharing opinions, living my way, ploughing my own furrow, am I causing trouble to others or just doing what I want?  Doing what is good and helpful?  Or just making trouble?

Lord,
May I cause no trouble,
but
help others to live
your way,
and seek the good of all.

Forgive me the times
when I have caused others to turn away,
despair,
lose hope,
or sight of you.

May I seek
always to honour you.

Thanks to Richard Gillin for this photo from St Albans 🙂

78/365 Stern warning

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.

Lord,
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
release
and life.