“For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble” (1 Corinthians 8:11-12).
The place for the knowledge we gain is maturity not superiority. Many fall into the temptation of pride and so destroy the possibility of their brother or sister living a life of faith. One who becomes like Christ has compassion for all. Christ did not demonstrate superiority, but compassion, and reached out to all. We ought to do the same. What is it you give up when you give up for another?
Lord, teach me that this world is fleeting and the things I know are gifts from You. Guide me in a way of life that does not look at things for gain, but looks at things as a part of the whole of Your creation. When it comes to others, grant that I would learn compassion and mercy. Help me to see in others that which others saw in me to give me the opportunity to know You.
Lord Jesus, You have shown us how to have compassion for those around us. You have shown me mercy and grace and have taught me to do likewise. Guide me, Lord. this day to see differently where I have been crass or uncaring. Grant me the ability to focus upon the better portion knowing that only in You is there hope and a future. Let me share the same with others. Amen.