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)

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse

As believers we live in the Church dispensation and we are not under the Law but under grace. Unlike all other religion, including many denominations in Christendom, we do not have to do certain things or abstain from other things in order to please our God – all we have to do to please God is to trust in Jesus as Saviour, by grace, through faith – knowing that He is God that He rewards all who diligently seek Him.

We do not have a series of do’s and don’ts to comply with as believers – but we do have the Word of God that outlines all that He expects from His children. His plan is that the new-life-in-Christ that we received when we were born again, grows in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and that the beautiful character of Jesus is formed in us, as we live our lives in spirit and truth – by submitting to the leading and guiding of the holy Spirit within.

The liberty that we have in the Church dispensation causes some believers to worry that Christians who do not have a series of do’s and don’ts to comply with in the Christian life, are likely to think that our liberty is a licence to sin. May it never be! – would be Paul’s vehement reaction, and should be the counteraction of all that are one with Christ – as part of His body and a member of the household of God. God is holy and His children should be holy too – set apart to do His bidding. But God desires that we live holy lives in the liberty of our free-will, and not by having to comply with restrictive rules of legalism – and the Word of God is our guide.

There is much guidance to believers who live in the Church age on how to conduct our lives, in a way that is pleasing to God – and a brief look at the gracious life of the Lord Jesus, Whose prayer was always: Thy will not mine be done, together with a study of the directives of Paul in his church epistles, tells us very plainly how God expects each of His children to conduct their lives. Believers are one in Christ and should encourage and edify each other. The liberty we have should not be a stumbling block to other believers… All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up our brothers and sisters in Christ

Let us live holy lives that are well- pleasing to the Lord so that all we say and do is helpful and edifying to the body of Christ – so that as we walk in newness of life, as we grow more like Jesus day by day.

My Prayer

Loving Father, thank You for the liberty I have in Christ. Help me to live a life that is worthy of You. Help me to be helpful and edifying to my brothers and sisters in Christ, in all I say and do – and may I be increasingly conformed to the likeness of Christ, in Whose name I pray, AMEN

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