Build Each Other Up

Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church.

~ 1 Corinthians 8:1 [NLT]

Knowledge focuses on winning, being right, and ultimately on you.  Love builds up the people in your life.  Paul wrote this passage in response to a dispute about what foods were acceptable to eat for the new church in Corinth.  Many were concerned about eating meat because it was common practice to sacrifice this meat to the pagan gods.  Through this insightful passage, Paul instructs the church of Corinth that the real issue is not the meat at all; it’s about not being a stumbling block to each other.  Ultimately, he’s saying it’s about showing love, building each other up, and our personal feelings about the “rightness” or “wrongness” of this meat are secondary.  Our job according to the Gospel is to be people that build each other up!

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