Day 81…1 Corinthians 10:23-24

June 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM 1 comment

1 Corinthians 10:23-24: Not everything is good for me

Paul continues his lesson on eating food offered to idols as he discusses something I hear a lot of Christians say when speaking about freedom in Christ: “I am allowed to do anything…I want.” Only problem is Paul tells us not everything is good or beneficial for us. Be concerned about the good of others more than you are yourself.

v.23, “I am allowed to do anything” or “all things are lawful” does not mean that believers are allowed to disobey Christ and God’s moral law. Paul is trying to get the Corinthian believers to understand that eating meat offered to idol is really unimportant to one’s faith, however even though they are allowed to do it (it’s not against God’s moral law) it may not necessarily be “good” for them or “beneficial.” Just because something is not against the law, doesn’t mean it is helpful.

v.24, “Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.” Even though believers are allowed to practice their freedom in Christ in matters that are lawful, some practices of freedom do not necessarily work to build up other believers. So we need to be concerned for the good of others, not for our own good. If our freedoms end up hurting or causing another believer to stumble we need to stop exercising them. It is hard be we need to consider the needs and perspective of other believers.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?  Some actions are not wrong, but they may not be in the best interest of other believers, especially new believers. So I need to abstain from doing these activities. What are the activities that you do that would cause a new believer to stumble? Or even cause a misunderstanding or even an offense to them. The most obvious example is of a brand new believer who used to abuse alcohol, he comes to your home and you are serving wine. It is not morally wrong to serve wine but this could cause your new believing friend to question and eventually misunderstand why you drink wine. If you are concerned for the good of your new believing friend you will not serve wine in his presence. You might even go as far as stop serving it altogether because he could hear about it from another believer. Do you have any other examples as to how you can apply this principle?

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Lynden  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Our intake of multimedia entertainment could be seen in the same way

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