Focus Scripture: 1 Cor 8:1
"Knowledge puffs up while love builds up."
Here is another example of Paul's wisdom. We can know what is right. We can know what the rules are and how they apply and when we can do something. But ultimately it isn't about being in the right. It's about supporting each other. Knowing we are right is not enough, if in our rightness, we harm another. The example Paul is using is meat sacrificed to idols. In Paul's time, virtually all meat available to those in cities was meat that had been sacrificed to idols. The temples would have excess meat and would sell it. (There were no markets as we know them.) Paul reasons, logically, that since there is only one God, sacrificing to other "gods" is meaningless and therefore meat that was sacrificed to idols is fine to eat.
Paul's logic is sound.
But not everyone shares his understanding. And for some, eating meat sacrificed to idols is like worshipping idols. In that case, Paul says, being right is not what is important. Building up others is. Accordingly, Paul will be a vegetarian before he will lead someone astray-even if their beliefs are wrong.
We are not faced with meat sacrificed to idols. What doesn't Paul's wisdom say to us today? It isn't about being right. It's about supporting people and helping them feel and know the love of God.