Thursday, March 24, 2011

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NLT)
... while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much. [3] But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.

- important thought to the life of the church!

1 Corinthians 8:6-7 (NLT)
But we know that there is only one God, ... there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ... [7] However, not all believers know this. Some are accustomed to thinking of idols as being real, so when they eat food that has been offered to idols, they think of it as the worship of real gods, and their weak consciences are violated.

- Paul is being very patient and gentle here in his approach towards new believers who are coming from backgrounds other than Judaism.

1 Corinthians 8:11,13 (NLT)
So because of your superior knowledge, a weak believer for whom Christ died will be destroyed. ... [13] ?.. I don't want to cause another believer to stumble.

- It's interesting that Paul speaks strongly and directly against believers who try to impose religious loads on believers on one hand, or abuse the grace of God on the other, (as we've seen previously), but here in the context of new, immature believers, he is so gentle and protective.

This all seems so much like shepherding, one minute beating back the enemies of the flock and the next gently tending to the lambs.

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