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For the Sake of Others


“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

Many things are not specifically forbidden by the Bible. But the absence of a definite prohibition is not the only consideration in our choice of behavior. Beyond what may be permissible in our own eyes, the book of 1 Corinthians leads us to consider two other factors.

The first factor is other people. In 1 Corinthians 8:12-13, the apostle Paul says: “When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.” Paul was referring to eating meat that had been offered to idols, a real issue in his day. But he extended the application to forgoing any behavior that would cause a brother in Christ to stumble.

A second factor is the question, “Will this glorify God?” In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul wrote, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” We should be concerned not only with possible negative effects of our behavior, but with the goal that everything we do brings honor and glory to God.

Christian, are you willing to subject your personal choices for the good of others? When you’re making a choice about a certain behavior, ask yourself, how will it affect other Christians, and will it bring glory to God. The Lord is still looking for people who are willing to pay the price to honor Him in all they do.


Lord, please show me any behaviors or attitudes that I should abandon, and then give me Your strength to do it. Amen.

To Ponder

Is there anything you should set aside out of reverence for God and conscience for others?

(The Navigators)