13 Jan 1 Corinthians 8:9-12; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:6-8; 1 Peter 2:21
9 But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol’s temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? 11 For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. 12 And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.
1 Peter 3:18
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Peter 2:21
21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
So, if you have a solid faith based on God’s truth, then it may help you to know how to deal with your ongoing life of faith. One of the great motivations to live a life pleasing to God is to fully receive the gift of His Son. So, let me ask you a question: For whom did Christ die? There are several specific answers here that might help you more fully understand His love for you.
- For our weaker brother (1 Corinthians 8:9-12). It’s tempting to be impatient with those who are immature in the faith. We see them as slow to learn, but do we see them as one for whom Christ died?
- For the just and the unjust (1 Peter 3:18). No one has the credentials to earn salvation; it is a gift. We need to remember that the gift was given for all—not just the nice.
- For the ungodly (Romans 5:6-8). Those who are mired down in sin, who see no way out. There are no worthy sinners and unworthy sinners; just sinners—and His salvation.
- For you (1 Peter 2:21). Love lifted even me.
Why, then, do we so often look for (and find) the evil in others? We’re all sinners, it’s just that some of us manage to hide it in a socially acceptable way. More than that, we are often quick to assume—the beggar by the road is a fake; the politician is lying to us. Sin is easy to spot in others, hard to spot in ourselves. We call Him Savior, is He our Lord? There is a cure for this: it is the love of Christ. Obedience to Christ is based on love, for He told us that if we love Him, we will do as He commands. Love Him, deeply and sincerely; honestly and courageously. When you do, you will see those for whom Christ died in a different way—not just sinners, but children of God. And remember—He died for you, too!