1 Corinthians 8: Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Begin each devotional with a prayer that God would open the eyes of your understanding.

Day 1

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 8:1-6 (NLT)

OBSERVATIONS:

  1. In verse 1, how does Paul contrast what “knowledge” does, and what “love” does?

  2. In this same verse, who does “knowledge” benefit? Who does “love” benefit?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. List some of the great acts that Paul describes people doing that are meaningless without love.

APPLICATION:

As humans, we all have a tendency to think of ourselves before others.

  1. List every place you will go this week (church, school, work, practice, etc.). Now list a specific person at each place that you want to show love/kindness to when you see them (not romantic love). Attentive eyes!

PRAYER: You may find it helpful to write out your prayer.

Day 2

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 8:7-10

OBSERVATIONS:

  1. Fill in the blanks from this sentence in verse 7. “Some are _______________ to thinking of idols as being real, so when they eat food that has been offered to idols, they ______ ___ ___ as the worship of real gods…..(NLT)

  2. The word “accustomed” is used in scripture to mean a custom or practice of a nation or even of the church. In reading this passage, would you say Paul is generally encouraging us to respect people’s customs or not?

APPLICATION:

So long as people don’t set their customs above knowing and serving Christ, it is clear that Paul believes it is generally positive to respect the customs of another group.

  1. What are some customs that groups of people you know have in regards to what they eat/don’t eat, what they wear/don’t wear, how they worship Christ, etc?

  2. What is more important to the Lord than what a group of people chooses in regards to their wardrobe, diet, etc? 1 Samuel 16:7; Matthew 23:5

PRAYER: You may find it helpful to write out your prayer.

Day 3

SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 8:11-13

OBSERVATIONS:

  1. Paul reminds the Corinthian believers that Christ made what sacrifice for the “weak brother or sister” (NIV)?

  2. Read Mark 9:42. What warning does Jesus give?

APPLICATION:

As Americans we are obsessed with our rights. In this chapter Paul encourages us to willingly give up our rights if it is beneficial to another.

  1. If Christ died for those around us, what can we be willing to give up for others?

  2. Who looks up to you?

  3. How could the choices you make potentially affect those that look up to you?

PRAY: You may find it helpful to write out your prayer.




Kim Catron