Posted: Monday, August 10
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
Verse of the day:
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Have you ever been tempted to do something you knew was wrong just because you could?
Have you ever been inclined to do something that even though it is legal is not spiritually appropriate?
The Corinthian church found themselves in this position! They thought since they had been declared righteous because of their faith in Christ, they could sin without experiencing negative consequences. Sadly, they were mistaken. They forgot that sin never produces anything positive or wholesome. Sin is never worthwhile. No sin is ever right or good. Using a business metaphor, sin never brings profit. It always brings loss.
This is why in 1 Corinthians 6:12 Paul warns us of the danger of focusing too much on our personal freedom. According to the Apostle, those things that you do just because you want to, like to, or just because you can have the potential of enslaving you and of hurting those around you. Paul cautions you to make careful and wise decisions lest the things you freely choose become your undoing or become a stumbling block for others.
You see, just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. Christ did not set you free so that you could do whatever you wanted to do. He set you free so that you can do whatever God wants you to do!