One to One: Day 1
by Tracey Armstrong
1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. (NKJV)
We could get away with almost anything that we desire as Christians because we are free in Christ. Should we misuse the grace of God? No! Again, even though you have entered into freedom, you should not explore the borders of freedom just because you can.
God desires for you to exercise your full liberty concerning anything that is Christ-like, because you have committed yourself to Christ and have died to sin. In the same way you should voluntarily refuse anything that is antichrist-like. We have a moral obligation to the One whom we have committed our love, passion, and devotion to, to remain loyal with a clear conscience.
If you take liberties that you have denounced in your commitment to Christ, you may feel like you have gotten away with something for a little while, but sooner or later your Christian conscience will get the best of you and your life will become a living hell.
Sin is not helpful, nor is it edifying. The word used for “edify” in this verse is the word “oikodomeo” (oy-kod-om-eh’-o); meaning, “to be a house-builder or to construct.” WOW! Your actions either build or not. Not only do your actions build, but also they actually construct a shelter or a house. Your actions structure a dwelling place for God in your life and in the life of others. Think about it, your actions create a place for God to touch others; your actions create a place for you and your family. Your current deeds build a place for you in eternity. The Bible says that in that final judgment, before the judgment seat of Christ, your deeds will be judged before Christ. Christ is the par. The Law is not your par any longer; Christ is your par, that’s why everything is lawful to you, but is everything Christ-like? I leave you with this thought; Jesus has built a house for you to dwell in, in the world to come, are you building a house for Him to dwell in now?
Father, forgive me for not building You a house. Forgive me for not creating an atmosphere in my heart and my life for You to dwell in and others to find shelter in. I dedicate myself to you afresh to be Your temple. Father, please forgive my sins. In Jesus’ name, amen!
As you have been forgiven for things that you have done wrong, you should also forgive someone that has done you wrong, whether they did it knowingly or unknowingly. Focus on giving someone the same room for change that you desire for yourself.