1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NKJV), 23 “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well-being.”

Verse 23, like 1 Corinthians 6:12, refers to eating meat that is sacrificed to idols. We may reason that while many things are acceptable to God to do, some behaviors will stumble and hurt the conscience of others. It is essential to keep our consciences clear of damaging another’s conscience. Only with clean consciences may we have a close, heartfelt walk with God. “Keep thy heart more than anything that is guarded; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 (DBY)

A Christian is careful not to offend a weak brother or sister unnecessarily. If it becomes apparent that something is stumbling the weak one, the Christian should be ready immediately to stop the action. Our heart’s desire is to edify and upbuild one another in faith and holiness. Control your liberty by the law of love.

In summary, Paul was explaining: “Eating meat sacrificed to idols may be harmful not only to you but also to others. Others who respect you and see your example may be weakened spiritually.”