Drawing The Line

“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist,” I Cor. 8:6

Question, “Do you ever struggle between what is right and what is not right?”  This past week I completed the book, “Blood Feud.”  Recently I bogged about this book.  As I read through the book I was continually amazed at how people confuse right and wrong.  Both the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s believed they were right in how they were living.

This mornings More For Christ readings centers on I Corinthians 8.  Paul is addressing the issue of what causes our brothers and sisters to stumble.  Here in the text we discover the issue arrises over the subject of idol worship.  In the Corinthian culture the city worshipped many idols and as a part of their worship they would have love feast where they would offer their food to idols and then they would eat the food that had been offered to an idol.  There were those who had come to Christ who understood and they would reject this feast.  But others did not understand so they would eat.  Still there were others who could eat the food and not ascribe lordship to the idols.

Paul’s concern was in the fact of both legalism and license to live anyway they wanted.  So how does Paul give instruction?

1.  Live a lifestyle of love for God

He is the only true and living God.  All of our affection and loyalty is for Christ alone.  Our very existence comes from Him and the very reason for our existence is to give glory to God.

2.  Live a lifestyle of love for others

God’s love alive in us alters the way we live and the way we treat others.  We do not live a life of arrogance (8:1-2) because God has opened our eyes to the truth.  We live a life of love in which we put others before ourselves (8:13).

As I thought about these facts, I realize I have often drawn a line in my life that was out of my lack of love, my arrogance, and often a combination of the two.  This morning I seek to follow Paul’s instruction.

Imagine how history would have recorded differently the story of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s if they had drawn the line as Paul writes.  Still yet God gives grace.  History records that just 3 months before the leader of the Hatfield’s dies, he responds to the call of the gospel.

In this I offer you great encouragement in that if you have blown it in the past, God still offers grace for the past.  And he also offers grace for the present.

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