‘Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24
Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me today. I so appreciate your messages. When I look at this Scripture and ponder it, I am reminded of how I was raised as a child and how I have raised my own children. We are not always given everything we want right? Why? Well everything we want is not always what is good for us.
Just because we want something does not mean it is the right thing for us. We can all identify with that every time we reach for that snack right? (guilty). Even if we have a right and the means to get what we want, it may not be the best for us to have it. In God's economy, he is always looking out for us and our best and will deny us things at times because it is not His best.
Paul is telling us in this passage that all things are permissible and we should not have a guilty conscience when we eat or drink, for the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it Verse 25. On the other hand, we must be conscience of the decisions we make in doing so when it comes to others.
He said that while all things may be lawful or permitted not all things are profitable or edifying, promoting spiritual growth by teaching or example by individuals. Paul was saying that the standards by which we make our decisions cannot be just that it is lawful or legal. We must operate by a higher principle of love for others. Love is the fulfillment of the law.
So the real question is not one of whether we should eat this or drink that as a matter of the law, but rather, as a matter of conscience am I by doing so creating a stumbling block for others with my liberty. Here are some things to consider. 1. “Am I creating a stumbling block for my
2. Should we not be operating out of love and the consideration of others? “Are we operating out of love?” Consider how kind Jesus was to Judas Iscariot. Jesus didn’t have to make him a part of his inner circle, but he did. He placed him in a place of honor at the last supper. Jesus loved people even when they didn’t return that love. What credit is it to us if we only love those who love us back? We must learn to love our enemy.
3. Should we not be sensitive to the conviction of others? The overall principle here is that I must do all that I do to glorify God. God desires for us to seek out the best for others and not just for ourselves. The question to ask is “Does this glorify God?” Remember that God doesn’t desire for us to do just what is good, but what is best.
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