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 8:1-13
Concerning Food Sacrificed to Idols
Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. 2 Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know. 3 But whoever loves God is known by God.
4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.” 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
7 But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.
Don’t Be a Know-It-All | Shiree King
1 Corinthians 8:1
Paul is addressing a question of the Corinthians as to whether it is acceptable to eat meat sold at the market that was sacrificed to pagan temple idols. In his response, Paul makes a distinction between people who have “knowledge” or are enlightened with truth and people who have a “weak conscience” or those who question the biblical appropriateness of such behavior.
I like to be “right” or perfect. I like to think I’m smart and wise and make the right choices and do the right things. And, that’s how I want other people to think of me too. But, the more I try to impress others with my knowledge, the more I make the discussion/friendship/relationship/situation about me. I am full of pride – not love. Recently I prayed a prayer, “God, I don’t want to be right,” because I am realizing my desire to be right or perfect makes me inauthentic and impersonal. I know God’s business for me is about serving Him and loving His people. Since I am not and will never be perfect, there is no reason for me to continue to fool myself because I know I’m not fooling others.
Dear God, Thank You for loving me despite my imperfections. I know You see through my facades of knowledge and perfection, and You love me for the me You created. Help me to be humble and see past myself to love others and build them up. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.