Paul emphasizes the need to support and build up your neighbor as Christians but as discussed in 1 Corinthians 8, there were some issues the early Christians were working through. One was eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols.
Some Corinthian Christians had the opinion that eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols was a sin. Others said there was nothing wrong with it and this disagreement had the potential to split them apart. The Christians who understood that idols where unimportant were in the wrong for flaunting their knowledge and liberty instead of helping the others along.
Paul explains that there is the need to balance knowledge of God’s way with concern for and love for those still understanding this new way taught by Christ. We should do what is pleasing to God and balance this knowledge with building up others, being interested in what strengths they have, and thinking of ways to help them understand.
Like jumper cables that recharge one battery from another, we can be the link that connects the power of God to people. We can get interested in them, bring joy to them, and empower them. The photo below is a July 4th celebration in my neighborhood. There is a need today for neighbors to get to know each other and work together to build each other up.
Jesus came to earth and made the complex simple. Our growing faith can never be taken away or depleted. The Gospel message has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it that sets us free to run with grace. The complexities in life are made more user friendly so we can find greater efficiency in our daily walk.
We thank You God for giving us Your Word as the instruction manual for life. By following Your Word, we can live with power to be a better spouse, a better parent, a better worker, and to love our neighbor as You first loved us. The way Jesus lived on earth gives us all the perfect example to follow. We honor You by making a decision to be a friend of Jesus and following. Today, we believe You will help do amazing things as we work together for Your glory. Amen.