1 Corinthians 10:23-24 23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.
Did you know that when you receive Jesus as your Savior, your life changes? When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we receive forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus fulfilled all of God’s demands and made a way for us to be in relationship with Him. However, our freedoms in Christ come with responsibility. Jesus, while He has given us freedom, has also called us to a mission. We are His representatives here on earth and that changes the way we live. Paul tells us to consider whether our lawful actions are beneficial and constructive to help others. Though it may be legal or possible to perform a certain act, the circumstances surrounding it may make it a sin. Even if not a sin, we still must consider whether we are promoting the welfare of our neighbors before we act. We’ve been given the privilege and responsibilities of representing Jesus through the way we live and we must honor God in everything we do. We must always ask ourselves, is what I have on display right now going to lead people to Jesus or is it going to turn them away? Our love for Jesus means we must love like Jesus, always putting others first and our neighbors before ourselves.
Father, thank You for the liberty and freedoms we have in You. Help us to live a life that is worthy of You. Help us to be helpful and to always put our brothers and sisters in Christ, before us. God, in all that we say and do may we be increasingly conformed to the likeness of Jesus.
In Your name we pray, Amen.