Carl’s Thought – 30 December

(1 Corinthians 10:23 & 31)

{“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.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.}

The rights I claim for myself are the same rights offered to all. We can do what we want, but there is a reaction for our actions.
Just because something is not spelled out as forbidden does not mean it is good for me.
I can eat as much ice cream as I want to, and I have broken no law.  But there are consequences for my actions. The aftermath of my actions would be rather unpleasant.
I can dress only in a swimsuit and go out in the cold of winter, I have that right. The results for doing so probably would affect my body adversely.  But I do have the right to act foolishly.
Not everything that is acceptable to all is good for all. While a drink of wine is acceptable some, others may be harmed by it.

I try to remind myself to think before I speak or act. I am not always successful but I do try.
I try asking myself three questions before I act.
1) Is this something that will build me up and strengthen me?
2) Will this help someone on their walk with Christ?
3) Will the glory of God and His love shine through this?
If I can answer yes truthfully to these three questions, I feel free to act.  But if on the other hand I can not answer all of them yes or I have some doubt, then maybe I should rethink before I act.

I can not in good conscience judge anyone, for the Lord is the one who Judges. (1cor.4:4) And I have sins of my own that Christ has forgiven. So I can only offer love and understanding.

Carl A. Gooch ~ 30 December 2013

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