by Robert

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.

1 Corinthians 10:23 ESV

So when we become Christians, we’re set free from legalisticly trying to earn our salvation. We’re free to live for God, instead of being enslaved to our selfish desires. But having been set free, we’re not to become yoked again to legalism or selfishness.

We might be free as Christians, but not everything we’re free to do is helpful. A lot of social media, rather than being a helpful way of keeping in touch, is an unhelpful waste of time. How about instead of being on Facebook, we stuck our faces into the Book- that would be much more edifying.

A child might be free to play on the swings in the park for as long as he wants. But for the sake of the queue of other children, he lets them have a go. We’re not to always be selfish but to think of other’s best interests.

Maybe we’ve got into the habit of making snide remarks. Even if we claim to be just joking, it’s not beneficial to anyone. It’s much better to consider how we might build each other up, than to knock each other down.

“Dear God, having set us free, please don’t let us use that freedom as a license to sin. May we look to the interests of others rather than to always be self interested. In Christ’s name, amen”