1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (NLT)
1 Now regarding your question about food that has been offered to idols. Yes, we know that “we all have knowledge” about this issue. But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. 2 Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. 3 But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.

The apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians about one of the challenges they were facing. It was a custom among those who worshiped idols to prepare great feasts from their animal sacrifices. They would invite friends to participate; or take leftovers to them; or sell the meat in the market. Paul was warning the Corinthian church to be care in their knowledge. Some had come under the opinion because they knew the idols were false they could enjoy the feasts anytime. Others because they knew the meat was sacrificed to idols refused to eat the meat their friends offered. Paul was saying, we all have answers we think are right, but we are not always right. Our love for God is what strengthens our relationship with God and also strengthens the church. Knowing too we should love others, we need to be careful in the conclusions we reach because we also love God.

How often have you formed a quick opinion about the actions of others? Have you ever felt you had the answers that were right while others around you were wrong? What about times when you were undecided what was right and what was wrong because something did not match up to your beliefs? The questions which should be asked before these conclusions are formed: “Did you consider your love for God?” and “Did you consider how God wants you to show love to others as He has shown you love through mercy and grace?” There needs to be a balance where we respect and love God, but we also extend our love and respect to those around us. Some Corinthians probably offended their neighbors and friends by strongly refusing to eat sacrificial meats. Other Corinthians participated so freely in the sacrificial feasts their neighbors and friends could not see a difference in their lives from anyone else. They needed to consider their liberty in Christ carefully. They were not to let their beliefs move them to believing they were better than their friends and neighbors, but neither were they to indulge so freely in their liberty that they forgot about God. Pray God will show you what is right in His eyes. Pray for His wisdom to do the right things without becoming prejudice or arrogant in your actions. Let God’s love shine through to others.