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1 Corinthians 10:24
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
Once again, the Apostle Paul wrote that all of us who are “Followers of Jesus” have been given the right to live in freedom. However, Paul also mixes that truth with the fact that we same “Followers of Jesus” must not offend our brother by our liberties so that he might stumble spiritually. He states in this passage, “No one should seek their own good but the good of others.”
Whenever I read this verse and think of friends of mine, my first thought is, “I Can’t Really Say Do What You Want.” And, if I’m really honest, I can’t say that to my friends, and I can’t say that to me either. Why? Because the Bible is our guide. Sometimes the Bible is straightforward, “So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (vs. 31). That’s pretty straightforward. But the next verse is also straightforward. It says, “Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God” (vs. 32). See what I mean? It’s complicated. However, if we really love the Lord, and if we really love folks as much as we love ourselves, God will lead us to help others and not hurt others. There is a truth that I haven’t mentioned, and it is simply that I am not my own. I have been bought with a price. I am a bondservant of Jesus. Because I am, “I Can’t Really Say Do What You Want.” But I can love, and I can serve everyone I meet. Somehow the Lord will take care of the rest.
I want to be Your servant, no matter what. Please lead me and guide me to serve others today in a way that will be pleasing to You. Amen