1 Kings 1:1-53
1 Corinthians 10:14-33
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1 Corinthians 10:23-24
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is
beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is
constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
things a person may be free to do, with a clear conscience before God,
may not be beneficial. Sometimes it is wise and righteous to give up a
freedom. It's not enough for a person to consider whether something is
legally permissible; one must also determine whether or not such
actions would be beneficial.
Christians must consider
how exercising their freedoms will impact the lives of others. Before
claiming a right, we must consider whether or not the exercise of that
right will be beneficial or detrimental toward ourselves and toward
Response and Action:
of merely considering whether something is legal or allowable, I will
consider whether or not it is helpful. Some things are not right to do,
even if they are not wrong or sinful in and of themselves. Actions
must be evaluated in the context of community.
of asking if something is wrong, I will ask if it is beneficial. I
will consider how my actions are likely to be helpful or hurtful. Some
freedoms and rights are worth setting aside if doing so will make a
positive impact in my own life or the lives of others. Pursuing
holiness is more important than exercising freedoms. Being a source of
blessing is always better than clinging to rights.
make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me
sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord,
union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is darkness, light.
Grant that I might not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to
be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is
in giving we receive; it is in pardoning, we receive pardon; it is in
giving that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 14:19-21
19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20
Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is
clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes
someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others
by Scot McKnight