TOPIC: LOVE FOR OTHERS LIMITS FREEDOM
In today's text, the issue of freedom to do whatever is lawful according to knowledge or conscience is limited by love (vs. 28-30). But believers' freedom should be regulated by love for the conscience of others, with their limited knowledge of matters of faith. Paul says: "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not" (vs. 23, 24).
Today's devotion admonishes us to always consider the feelings of others when exercising our freedom to do or not to do. While deciding about what to do or not to do, the right question to ask is, "If I do this, will it help to build (edify) the Christian congregation?" This was the same teaching Paul gave when he said, "to those who were speaking in tongues" (see 1 Cor.14:3-5).
It is equally important in the matter of eating the food purchased in the market or set before you in a friend's house. You may eat without asking questions for the purpose of showing love without compromising your loyalty to Christ (vs. 25-28). "But if anyone says the table has been offered to idol, stop and eat no further. Whatever we do must promote the glory of God. Don't misuse your Christian freedom to offend others (vs. 31-33) that they may be saved."
Is your Christian liberty showing enough love for the salvation of unbelievers?
Let the love for others guide the exercise of my freedom, in Christ Jesus, Amen.