Thinking Of Others Part II

“I do not mean yours but the other person’s. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I blamed for the food that I give thanks for? So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. Do not give offense to Jews or Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also try to please everyone in all things. I do not seek my own benefit, but the benefit of many, so that they may be saved.” 1 Corinthians 10:29-33 NET


While I am free to do what others find offensive as long it is not against God’s law, under love, I must consider the conscience of my neighbor as more important than my own. My goal should always be the glory of God and peace with men to bring men to peace with God. If my Christian brother finds my behavior offensive, he may stumble in his walk with God. If he does what I do but thinks what I do is sinful, I have not loved my neighbor properly. Likewise, if the pagan finds my behavior a stumbling block to repentance before Jesus the Savior and God, Who judges all men, I have failed to love and do everything I can to see their salvation. So then, my behavior should not be dictated by the whims of men nor the impulses of my flesh but by the glory of God. I am to do all things for God’s glory, the bulk of which is to bring men closer to God in their faith or to saving faith. So if my cigars are a stumbling block to faith and obedience to Jesus, then my smoking cigars are wrong because I do not love my neighbor as myself nor as God loves. All of us must do all we can to love one another and to love people so that they love God. These are the things God requires most when He calls us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

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