Posted: Thursday, August 13
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Verse of the day:
But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble. ( 1 Corinthians 8:9)
You may find it hard to believe but there are somethings that Christians disagree about. I’m not referring to the things the Bible clearly calls sin; I’m speaking of the many areas of life that are gray, like places people may go or things people may do that the Bible does not directly spell out as right or wrong. These are often referred to as the “gray areas” of the Christian life and Paul had something to say about this.
So how does one wisely choose in the gray areas of life? I want to give you four questions that I believe will help you to make that determination. The references to “it” in this case refers to activities, hobbies, habits and the like that may be a “gray area”.
Here a four questions to ask to help determine what you should or should not do:
1. Does it build up? In other words, does what I do or where I go unite believers or does it divide? Is this building the work of God up or tearing it down?
2. Can it lead to addiction? Paul said, “And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything” (1 Cor. 6:12, NLT). Addiction is summed up in the thought: “When you want to say no, but can’t.”
3. Does it make you uneasy? Years later, Paul wrote, “The purpose of my instruction is that all the Christians there would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5, NLT) Don’t violate your conscience.
4. Can it cause a believer to stumble? In 1 Corinthians 8:13, Paul plainly writes, “…I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble.” Paul wouldn’t say this unless it was possible; so don’t.
If you are a believer in Jesus, enjoy your freedom He bought for you but guard it carefully and respect those around you by placing their well-being ahead of your enjoyment. You’ll find life more freeing, enjoyable, and productive when you deal wisely with the gray areas.