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Thursday 19 March
Love that sets us free

 

Today’s reading with Paul’s instructions about eating or not eating meat can seem very distant and removed from the questions we might ask about our Christian faith. However, the important message Paul shares with the church at Corinth is of vital importance for our discipleship and shared church life.

The apostle Paul tells the church at Corinth that it is acceptable to eat meat offered to idols because idols do not exist. Whether the god is Zeus or Poseidon they are imaginary and that meat offered in their honour remains meat, so enjoy your dinner! However, if eating such causes harm to relationships with others then we must stop.

Knowledge of Christ sets us free, but that freedom is to be understood in the context of responsibility and especially of love. Knowledge and insight are always relational and people are always in focus. Whatever the behaviour or action, Paul would have us ask, ‘what does this mean for those around me, my relationship with them and with God?’ Correctness – whether in law, worship practice or doctrine – must be considered in the setting of multidirectional love. When getting it right is the most important thing, relationship will often be wrong.

Knowledge that sets us free is not about being right but about enjoying right relationships. Our relationship with God in Christ is at the core of our ‘knowledge’ and the context in which we are ‘known’. In a Jesus-shaped faith, it is love which matters most and is the basis of our identity. It is love that sets us free. † Love that comes to us in Christ, set us free to have right relationships founded on love and acceptance of each other.  Amen