Remember the television show Gary Coleman was in? It was called “Different Strokes.” If memory serves, he would always look at his brother, Willis and say, “What you talking about Willis!?!” It was as if he felt Willis was calling him out on something, or he didn’t understand what he was saying.
What does the Bible say?
1 Corinthians 6:12 – “All things are lawful for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me” – but I will not be controlled by anything.”
But there’s a reason I feel this way
Have you ever run into someone who felt they had justification for what they were doing even though you knew deep down, they really weren’t justified?
How many of us know we should do the right thing, yet we continue to do the things we know are wrong?
The Corinthian Church was struggling
The church in Corinth had been misapplying and quoting the words “everything is permissible” or in this translation “all things are lawful”. Some were excusing their sins by saying, “Christ died on the cross, therefore my sins are forgiven, so I can go and do what I want to do.”
I have my ticket
How many of us have met people in our lives who feel that way? “I have my ticket to heaven, I’m good to go, I’ll do what I want till then.”
The other justification – what they were doing was not strictly forbidden by scripture.
The Apostle Paul gave them three things to think about.
1. While it’s true Christ died for our sins, it doesn’t give us the freedom to do whatever we know is wrong.
2. Some actions are not sinful in themselves, but they are not appropriate because they can control our lives and lead us away from God.
3. They can hurt others. Anything we do that hurts rather than helps is not the right thing to do.
I think we need to ask the Lord for some clarity
Lord, what am I doing in my life that is lawful for me, but not beneficial? Lord, is there something in my life I need to kick to the curb? Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to get rid of some junk. Help me to get rid of stuff that may be keeping me from drawing closer to you. Amen.
Blessings to you,
Jeanette Duby, The Teaching Lady
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