1 Corinthians 10:25-26 (NKJV) 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; 26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”
As Christians we can enjoy all the things of God’s creation. We can enjoy the beauties of it and the produce of it because God has provided it. Because we have liberty, freedom that is, in Christ. But our love for our liberty in Christ cannot be put above our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. When a weaker, meaning less spiritually matured, brother’s or sister’s conscience is troubled by our liberty then we ought not to do it, less we cause our brother or sister to stumble and to sin. Out of our love and desire to help our brother or sister, we should not exercise our liberty in Christ for their conscience’s sake. In the right setting, at the right time, we can edify our brother or sister about the harshness and error of legalism. And explain the liberty that we have in Christ. But we need to remember to do these things in love. When our motive is love, as the more matured spiritually and in faith, our approach in exercising our liberty in Christ would be altogether different. Our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ should be the motive for our liberty in Christ. When our liberty in Christ is motivated by love, we won’t say to our brother or sister, “Forget you. You are just being legalistic!” That is not showing love. And you may say, “It is not fair that I should be judged because it bothers someone else’s conscience.” Yes, it is wrong for people who are legalistic to criticize you. That is not showing love. But whatever we do should be done for the glory of God. And showing love for our brother or sister in Christ glorifies God. That is important. We have tremendous liberty in Christ. However, we are to seek the welfare of our brothers and sisters. Therefore, we should not be obsessed over our liberties in Christ, to the point where we hate our brothers and sisters who are legalistic. My friends, our liberty in Christ is limited by love. As Christians, we are not restrained by legality; we are not restricted by rules. We are limited by love. We should be concerned about how our conduct influences and effects our weaker brothers and sisters in Christ. Because our love for them is greater than the love for our liberties.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.