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Give No Offense #533

31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32  Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33  just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1, NKJV)

Jesus did not live to please Himself, but the Father (Rom. 15:3; Jno. 8:29). He was always careful not to influence others into sin. Paul followed this example of Christ, and in our passage he exhorts Christians to imitate him. Paul would forego his God-given liberty so as not to influence someone else to violate his conscience before God (see 1 Cor. 10:23-33; 8:7-13). Paul also said, “Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being” (1 Cor. 10:24). To do that, we must willingly lay aside our right to do something (clearly, he is speaking of things God allows but does not mandate) so as not to place an offense or stumbling block (a trap or snare) before someone whose conscience is weak in that matter. By thinking of others before yourself and refusing to cause them to stumble, you honor God, not yourself. That is what a Christian does.

A Little Leaven #339

A little leaven leavens the whole lump. (Galatians 5:9)

This adage is easily understood. Just as it takes only a small amount of leaven to affect an entire loaf of bread, a little sin has a saturating influence on one’s life. The encroachment of sin may begin almost imperceptibly, yet its mark is always left. Do not be deceived into believing that “a little sin will not hurt”; Sin always hurts. Even a little sin endangers your soul and opens the door to still more sin. Left unchecked, sin’s influence permeates your heart and your life – hardening you and destroying you as it goes. Be on guard and do not be deceived by sin’s deadly influence. Give sin no safe haven in your heart, for if you do, its destructive influence will be swift and complete. Choose instead to be influenced by the truth of God (Phil. 4:8).