In the first reading, Paul is giving instruction to people who were unsure what to
do about food that had been offered to idols. They wanted to do the right thing spiritually,
but without causing offence to the people around them.
We have similar situations, in that there are things we can easily do that hurt or
offend others if we don’t take care. In our present times, we have government guidelines
as to how we are to behave; do we wonder just how much we can get away with, what
rules we can ignore because, maybe, no-one will know?
Paul makes it clear that the principle is respect for others, not doing anything
that will cause anxiety to others. So it is for us, let’s not do anything that will
cause concern to others. As Paul says, we do all things that others might be saved.
Everything we do can have an impact on another’s life. It’s not our place to agree
or disagree, ours is to do the right thing, for the glory of God.
We should be so rooted and grounded in Christ that our attitudes, our lives, will
reflect the love of God.
Encouraging thoughts from Grace in our Greenock church: