Lent 2022

Lenten Study – Tuesday, March 15

1 Corinthians 8

A long time ago I realized that if I am going to fully love God then I must begin to work at fully loving the people around me. Whenever I am with someone, I should be asking the question, “what can I do to bless this person?” Am I living a life that is always “right” but lacks “righteousness” (radical love)?  

Paul is writing about the higher walk of righteousness in today’s passage. He is writing to people who have some strict dietary habits because the culture around them uses food for pagan practices. Paul acknowledges that even though the people know that there is nothing to eating food offered to idols, because we know idols are not really a god, they should always look out for the person they are with. If the person they are with seems to think the food is evil or can be harmful to their walk then, even with the knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, they should abstain from the food, ultimately living in a righteous manner for the sake of others. For Paul it all comes down to love. If we love people, as we love Christ, then we should not want to do anything that would lead a person to stray from their path…even if it means doing something that we know we don’t have to really do.

As I read the passage for today, I found myself asking. where I live like a Pharisee (right)? Where am I more intent on proving someone wrong, or gloating over my rigid adherence to the faith, instead of living into the deeper (and often harder) journey of love (righteousness)? 

Reflection Questions:

  1. Consider what you do in your life that may be “right” but at the same time is potentially not “righteous” in that it lacks love.
  2. What can you do to make changes to this action?

 So What Activity: 

 Take time today to write a note to someone who you love expressing how important they are to your life.

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