We sometimes think of cities as dangerous places. (I don’t think that’s nearly as true as some claim.) Still, the City of Refuge in ancient Israel was a notable place of safety. God has provided a refuge for us today in Christ.
The Corinthian Christians were very interested in their rights and freedom. They didn’t appreciate anyone telling them what to do. An overly narrow legalism was not a problem in this church. Without advocating a system of specific rules governing the details of Christian behavior, in chapters 8 – 10 Paul explains how limiting our freedom can further the cause of the gospel.
Every church has to deal with differing levels of maturity and biblical knowledge within its congregation. This can lead to differing opinions on issues of conscience regarding what may or may not be done. In this chapter Paul teaches us that love is a better guide than knowledge on issues of conscience. Love considers what is best for others above our own personal freedom.