Spiritual Maturity - Christian Daily Devotions

May 21 2006

Spiritual Maturity - Verse of the Day :
But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
-1 Corinthians 8:9

Daily Bible Reading Plan

Morning : 1 Corinthians 8

Evening : 2 Kings 3-4

Spiritual Maturity

In 1 Corinthians 8-9 and Romans 14, Paul compared two groups of people in the Church: the strong and the weak. They were both dedicated, sincere and tried to please God to their best of their abilities.

The strong tended to regard anything that was not expressly prohibited in the Bible or against social norms as okay. They were more liberal in their beliefs. The weak had a tendency to live by rules, regulations and traditions. They had a conscience that was more sensitive to offenses.

In Romans 14, the strong believers would eat meat while the "weak in faith" would eat only vegetables (14:1-2). The Bible goes on to say that ultimately, it is not a case of who is right and who is wrong. It is the case of who is walking by faith and who is not.

Whether it is meat or vegetable, as long as you are eating in doubt, you are condemned already. It is faith that commends us to God (14-22-23).

There are certain things we should never do. They are spelled out very clearly in the Bible--lying, killing, stealing, adultery. But there are also many issues in life that are amoral. They fall under the categories of taste, style, and culture.

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Things like the fashion your wear, the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the music you listen to, the house you live in. These are often not issues of right and wrong, righteousness or sin. They are simply matters of personal preference.

It is often very difficult for a Christian who has not matured in his walk with the Holy Spirit and in faith to accept others who are at a higher spiritual maturity and liberated. It is always easier to live by a set of strict rules imposed upon us by some authority.

Yet, to the apostle Paul, Christians who need to live by prohibitions are considered the "weak in faith" (14:1-2). Strong faith and spiritual maturity allows for great liberty.

However, even though Paul was obviously siding with the strong, he refused to put down the weak. You need to show respect for people who are not as liberated as you are.

Acceptance means treating people with respect even though you do not agree with them. There are many things in life which are perfectly permissible. Yet, you should not do anything in someone's presence if what you do is going to hurt their conscience and stumble them.

This is limiting your liberty out of love (1 Cor.8:9). Spiritual maturity is when you can limit your own freedom for the benefit of other people. Paul says, "Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble" (8:13). This applies to every aspect of your life.

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