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Doing Whats Best For Others
12/24/2015

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

I think the greatest challenge of our truly loving one another in the way God loves us is to be willing to do what is best for others, regardless of what it costs us.  This agape love is often quoted, but unfortunately it is infrequently practiced in the lives of many Christian men and women.  The problem, as I see it, is our own flesh and the desires associated with this temporary tent we call the human body.  I think it comes natural to do what is best for ourselves, and when it comes to doing what’s best for others, we often look at what it will cost us, or how it will personally affect our lives—we will then decide whether it is worth it to us or not.  

One area where this becomes increasingly evident is when a believer who is mature in their faith decides to use their freedom in Christ to do certain things that might cause someone new in the faith to stumble.  Many followers of Jesus will push the boundaries of these Christian liberties in front of new believers—perhaps never even contemplating the damage they may be doing, or worse yet they will defend their choices by saying they don’t believe in being legalistic.  But is this indicative of God’s will, or heart? 

I believe this type of thinking is actually self-centered, rather than God-centered, or others-centered.  When we choose to focus only upon how things affect us, we will often provide an opportunity to cause others to stumble or be hurt.  I think instead of looking at what we can get away with because of our Christian liberty, perhaps we should be asking ourselves, “Will my actions be God honoring, and edifying to the body of believers, or to those who might not know the love of Jesus yet?”

The Apostle Paul confronted the church with this very issue when he wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify” (1 Cor. 10:23).  He then encouraged those within the church, “Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being” (1 Cor. 10:24).

I think we should always remember; just because something is permitted in our Christian walk, it doesn’t mean it is beneficial to others or to us.  When we are focused upon knowing and having the heart of God, and we are committed to live by His standards, we will likely find ourselves less focused on pushing the fence line of our Christian liberties, and more focused on how we can impact this world for Jesus.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, what should we be concerned with more than our own well-being?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you put the well-being of others above your own when it comes to walking in your Christian liberties?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Think about how your actions will affect others. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for showing me that even though I may have the freedom to do certain things, my actions can cause others to stumble.  Help me to look at things differently today and to make wise choices when choosing my actions.  

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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