Permissible vs. Beneficial
I knew a gentleman once who said anything that came to his mind. As our relationship grew, what he said about his past relationships was bugging me. So, I finally said to him after he asked if something was bothering me, “Not everything we think needs to be said.” He laughed at my boldness and said it was true.
We are told from a young age that the world is for the taking and that whatever we dream can come true. Not all dreams will come true, but much of what the world offers is for the taking if we reach for it, work at it and receive it. However, not everything in the world is good for us or suitable.
“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive.” 1 Corinthian 10:23 (NIV)
We all experience times when faced with decision making that our inner voice nags. Should we or shouldn’t we? We may have doubts about choices we face: unhealthy relationships, questionable business ventures, unplanned purchases, or Internet sites (to mention a few).
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthian 10:13 (NIV)
Not everything the world has to offer is beneficial. Sometimes we need to differentiate between what is good for our well-being and what isn’t. Additionally, as Christians, it is our responsibility to do what is right.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” 1 Corinthian 10:31-33 (NIV)
But how can make better decisions?
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans1: 1-2 (NIV)
(More scripture on this here at Bible Gateway.)
It’s more important than ever to make decisions with God in mind.
Blessings on this Sunday from,
The Holy Bible scriptures source: BibleGateway.com