He ain’t heavy

Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 8 and 1 Corinthians 10:22-33 (day one) 

“Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again.”   v. 8:13

It was a revolutionary ethic!  Not one anyone saw coming.  I will live love.  The good of others will be the foundational principle for my personal choices.

The alternative is ubiquitous.  The default of human history is self.  Self-advancement.  Self-protection.

Only the church (and only with the undeniable example of the selflessness of Christ) imagined a different way to make choices.  Concern for others.  The larger good.  A grand dream of the salvation of the world ( see 10:33) with all the logical and ethical and practical choices that flow from that vision.

A few months ago, our church met to ask ourselves, “What does LOVE look like?”  1 Corinthians 8 and 10 make that question larger than a single topic.  It is the center of the New Testament ethic.

Because we have been loved, we love.  At least we should. . .

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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