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Glorifying God in Our Body and Spirit

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NKJV)

In the book of 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul gives an amazing Christian principle for living a victorious life.  He says, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” (1 Cor. 6:12).  In essence he is saying we have been given great freedom in how we live, but with this freedom comes great responsibility. 

Some Christian believers will use this Scripture as a license to live in such a way as to excuse their sins—they believe this verse implies they have the freedom to live as “they” please.  Even though some actions are not sinful in and of themselves we must be careful not to abuse our freedom to the point of hurting others or ourselves.  Take drinking alcohol for example—it is not a sin to drink a glass of wine, but the very act of drinking can lead to drinking too much, and this can lead to alcoholism.  In the same way a sporting activity is not sinful, but the place it holds within our heart can be.  We might find ourselves choosing the activity rather than fellowshipping with others at church, or spending time with the Lord. 

I believe this is the very principle Paul is speaking of when he says, “Hey, it’s okay for me to do this, but I am going to guard myself so I don’t become in bondage to these things.”   Paul knew there could be a chance of our freedom leading us to stumble, or perhaps stumbling another person.

But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)

We must continually be on guard against anything tempting us to stray from God’s perfect will for our lives, especially when it comes to our Christian liberty.  We should probably be asking ourselves,

  • Is what I am engaging in helping my Christian walk?
  • Is what I am doing drawing me closer to God? 
  • Is it honoring to God?
  • Am I glorifying God in my body and spirit?

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about using our liberty?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there anything in your life that you have allowed to control you, or is there anything you may be doing causing others to stumble?

APPLICATION: Let’s make a choice each day to glorify God in our body and in our spirit.  Let’s not allow our Christian freedom to cause us to become in bondage, or cause others to stumble.  

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for the freedom You have given to us.  Thank You Jesus for dying for us and cleansing us from our sin.  Help us to use this liberty in a way that brings honor to You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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