A Principle to Live By

27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. 28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. 29 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?

31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10:27-31

The overarching theme to this chapter has been stumbling blocks because of what you do or think. In this chapter’s context, it was eating and drinking things there were offered to idols. In general, though, it’s been about causing others to sin or stumble by our sometimes careless actions.

Paul summed it up nicely by making sure whatever it is we did, we did it to God’s glory. That’s actually a pretty good principle to live by.

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