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1 Corinthians 8 - Key

"Infirmities of the Week"

v9
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

If we really think that we have reached a superior level of knowledge and righteousness about a certain subject, then we shouldn't use that to attempt to exert our superiority over people who are still struggling with that subject. Thay are also Christ's beloved children, our brethren, and parts of the same body.

v2
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

If we are truly stronger in some area, then we should use that superior strength (or knowledge) to help others with the struggles that they still have. If we can be confident in truly knowing better, then we can rest peacefully in that for ourselves, without feeling the need to prove that we are better than other people. We shouldn't lower ourselves back down to their level by arguing about which one of us knows better.

Application
Romans 15:1

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Next time I'm tempted to get into an argument with somebody about something, I'll remember that having charity is more important than having knowledge.

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