1 Corinthians 8:13 - Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.
Paul uses the example of food to make a point about how we should act towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. He says that if his eating meat causes others to fall he will never eat meat again. The well being of others was more important to him than taking care of his own wants.
We are selfish by nature and it is natural to want to enjoy the pleasures of life. Enjoying these things is not wrong, but when it is at the expense of those around you it becomes a problem.
Jesus commanded us to Love one another. To Love someone is to want the best for them. If we are not taking into consideration those around us when we choose to do something then we are not truly Loving them.
Paul speaks of the freedom that we have in Christ. He says, “All things are permissible for me,” which is true, but we must think about what is beneficial. Of course this applies to us, as we discussed in 1 Corinthians 6:12, but we must also take into consideration those around us. If what we are doing is making someone stumble then we better rethink what we are doing.
Every action has a consequence. It is time to start thinking about the things that come from our actions. How are they affecting us and how are they affecting those around us? If your actions are not creating a positive reaction then you need to change the actions.
As I mentioned earlier, this is not a natural way for us to think. We are used to looking out only for ourselves, but now we must also take into consideration the well-being of others. Make sure that the things you do have a positive impact on those around you.