Honor God

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'Paul's exhortation to do everything to the glory of God was a response to a specific situation in the Corinthian church namely, whether it was permissible for believers to eat meat previously offered as a sacrifice to an idol. Some of the Corinthians recognized that an idol was nothing, so they had perfect freedom in their consciousness to eat the meat. Others were still so accustomed to idols that when they ate the meat, they associated it with idolatry and their weak and overly scrupulous consciousness was defiled. They felt guilty as if they had sinned, which indeed they had if they had acted against their consciences.
 
Paul agreed with those who felt free to eat the meat, but he wanted them to be considerate of their weaker brothers and sisters in Christ. He said be careful that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. Paul set forth two principles by which we may gauge our contact and activities: the glory of God and the well-being, especially the spiritual well-being, of our neighbor.
 
Who is my neighbor? In the broadest sense it is anyone we come in to contact with and who we have an opportunity to treat as we would like to be treated. Paul, though, was referring specifically to a weak brother or sister who might be tempted to send because of our exercise of freedom. What's in view here is not a critical, legalistic Christian whose list of do's and don'ts we might have violated, but rather someone who might himself sin because of our example.
 
What should another person's weak conscience or sin problem deprive me of the enjoyment of my freedom in Christ? To answer that question, we need only go back to our aim in life. Is my aim to glorify God or to exercise my freedom? Glorifying God will often cost us something it may cost us our freedom in Christ in some situations, it may cost us time, or inconvenience. Jesus said: whoever loses his life for me will save it.
 
We don't lose our lives all at once, however. We lose them over a lifetime, in individual decisions as we choose whether to glorify God or to satisfy our own desires.'*
 
Jesus, Lord and Savior, I praise you for your example for us in dying, that you might live and bear fruit. You die for all, that we should no longer live for ourselves but for you.
 
You are the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, and I give you praise. You are the Lord Almighty and I praise you. Psalm 24:8, 10
 
To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, it's for all ages, now and forever more! Amen. Jude 1:25
 

 
*I Give You Glory, O God by Jerry Bridges.
In I Give You Glory, O God, Bridges offers you the best reasons and the best words for bringing honor to your awesome, incomparable God.
In his third powerful volume of the Private Worship Trilogy, this beloved author gives you the encouragement, motivation, and specific guidance you seek for your private, individual worship of God. As a result, you can better see and understand what it really means to glorify God. To fear God. To live as his child. To follow his wisdom day by day. And you can begin to experience the blessings God promises as you truly live for him.
 
Available on Amazon: ISBN 1578566290

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