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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
1 Corinthians 10:23
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.
It’s true that the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ has freed us from the law of sin and death. Yet, as believers, we are called to be holy examples of a faith-filled life to both believers and unbelievers alike. Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) So if a believer wants to insist that he or she has the right to do anything they want, they must approach that personal bend with the thought of everyone around them that they are called to influence for Christ. When one realizes that we are the ones who are called to live a life pleasing to the Lord, then a life that is beneficial and constructive to others now becomes our passion.
I guess when you put this all together, the question becomes, “Am I here to do life on my own, or am I here to do life with others?” There are all but NO directives for anyone of us to live a life of a hermit in the Bible. Consequently, we believers are always being called by the Lord to be a positive influence on people around us. We were not born to live alone but in a community. I know you, and I will make mistakes, yet it is never our desire to purposely lead someone down the wrong path in order to fulfill our own desires for freedom. When asking yourself, “Should I or shouldn’t I,” probably the best answer at that moment is simply, “Does It Help Others?”
I have but one prayer this AM. I want my life to bless others and not hold them back in any way. Amen