Daily Archives: October 21, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1
The Believer’s Freedom
23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. 29 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.
11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
It’s Not About Me | Marianne Toovey
1 Corinthians 10:31-32
Paul is explaining that believers are to do everything for the glory of God and not to do anything that could hinder another Christian’s faith. In other words, it’s not all about me.
I am exceptionally good at thinking about myself and what benefits me. But the example set before Christians is to put God and others first. If I take into consideration how my words and actions will make God look and others feel, everyone will be happy! It’s impossible to please everyone. But if I start by trying to please God and continue to concern myself with the well being of others before myself, it’s certainly not going to hurt. It’s worth it to try!
Lord, I am trying to shift my focus to You, to discern what will please You and what won’t, what will be beneficial to others and what won’t. Guide me on this process. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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