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“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols?” (1 Corinthians 8:9-10)

The summation of the law which Jesus gave rules in the freedom we have in Christ. Love your neighbor such that though you know such things do not matter, you are sensitive to them who think these things do matter. It is not a matter of right and wrong, but of love. One who loves the other does what they may for the sake of the other. It is upon this that God builds His kingdom.

Lord, grant that I would become discerning and see that in the truth You have already revealed I have both freedom and obligations. Teach me to be sensitive to my neighbor, loving them enough to be constrained with my freedom for their sake. Grant wisdom to not live by some newly formed law, but by love that I may now and always live in Your grace and will.

Lord Jesus, in the contrasts of the life You lived, help me to see more clearly the balance You demonstrated. You were always aware that the disciples were watching and You led them that in time and with Your Spirit they matured and became Your witnesses. Help me to do the same and live life in freedom, but with sensitivity to my neighbor that I may also be Your witness. Amen.

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