Friday, September 4, 2009

September 5, Saturday Devotion

1 Corinthians 8:1-6

8 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who 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.

Quick Notes

There are things in this world that we sometimes associate with evil when there is nothing actually evil about those things. We believe, with Paul, that all things come from God and that is who we live for. We do not need to be scared of things because of the thing itself. If it is not a master to you, and does not cause our weaker believers to stumble, there is nothing inherently wrong with it.

Quick Questions

What are some things that you have been told are evil? Does that description fit with what Paul is saying here? Why or why not?

Quick Prayer

Christ Jesus, Lord, through you may we continue to live. Amen.

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