Christian Liberty – 1 Corinthians 10:23

1 Corinthians 10:23 – All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

Many years ago I was working with a good Christian man.  He was devoted to his church and to sharing the Gospel of Christ in a loving and demonstrative way.  He also knew that he was yet a man and prone to wander without the Lord.   Speaking of sinful thoughts and actions, he said to me, “It’s like a Snickers bar.  It may be good to me, but it is not good for me.”  I have never forgotten this simple axiom.  What may appeal to our senses is not necessarily good for us.

If you boil the commands of the Lord down as did Jesus, then there are basically only two, ” Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:37-39).  Simple, right?  Jesus said that these two commandments were the basis of all the law.  Moreover, these commandments surpass all the others.  One might contend that we could obey even the Ten Commandments and not love as we ought.  I mean, just because I do not kill or steal, that does not mean that I express love.

On the other hand, the broad application of these commandments leaves the door open for us to show love in a wide array of ways.  Without the direction of the greater body of the moral laws of the Bible including beloved Ten Commandments, we might not understand the minimum standards.  Under the grace of God, we are called to a higher calling of love in Christ Jesus, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (2 Timothy 1:9).

So remember the next time you are tempted, it may seem good to you, but it may not be good for you.

 

 

 

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