Bible Reading: I Corinthians 10:20-33
Key Verse: Verse 33 – “Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
Key Words: Even as I please all men in all things
As you read these verses, you would think that Paul was a compromiser, which is not the case. Paul understood that to offend is to lose. Have you ever been offended by someone? Now, be honest, after they offended you could they reach you for Christ? Not likely! Paul understood that every bridge has some give. We call it flexibility, and he who is not flexible is very breakable.
Years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright was given the impossible task of building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. No comparable construction job ever before had been undertaken. With patience he laid plans for the immense building in this land of earthquakes and terrible tremors. After carefully reviewing the situation, he found that eight feet below the surface of the ground lay a sixty-foot bed of soft mud. Why not float the great structure on this and in some way make it absorb the shock of an earthquake? After four years of work, amid ridicule and jeers of skeptical onlookers, this most difficult building in the world was completed, and soon arrived the day which tested it completely. The worst earthquake in fifty-two years caused houses and buildings all around to tumble and fall in ruins. But the Imperial Hotel stood, because it was able to adjust itself to the tremors of the earth.
And that is the way Paul was. He did not compromise, but he did not offend either. He knew it was a balancing act. It may not be easy to hold to our standards and yet not offend others in the process, but it can be done. Paul did it!
What to do:
✞ Be flexible or you will be breakable.
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