1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ‘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. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
One of the oldest and most worn out sayings is the phrase, “it’s all good!” People use it as a cover up for something that has happened or that they are participating in that may not appear to be good. They write off any concern by saying, “it’s all good,” meaning that the good will outweigh the bad…hopefully.
The reality is that everything we choose to do isn’t good and it could make our situation worse. For every action there is an equal or greater reaction. Just as God takes us up, he can also take us down all according to our choices.
The Apostle Paul warned the believers in Corinth to use their freedom responsibly. Everybody is one temptation away from messing up their lives. We are one scandal away from a career ending decision but it doesn’t have to be that way. God always provides a way of escape. He will not allow a temptation that he does not also provide a way to avoid it.
1. The first door God opens for us is common sense. There are things that we are free to do but they are not beneficial to do. An athlete is free to eat whatever he or she wants but it’s not beneficial for them to eat junk. It ain’t all good because everything you put in your body is beneficial.
2. The second door of escape is asking yourself, “is this beneficial?” Temporary benefits don’t outweigh long term consequences. Before you do anything you should ask yourself, “what are the long term benefits?” It ain’t all good especially if I’m going to regret this later.
3. The last door God gives for you to escape negative consequences is the door of unselfish motives. This is not about you only! Every decision you make impacts the people you are connected to and depend on you. When you seek your own good and not the good of others you are a narcissist. Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is when a person is excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity, mentally unable to see the destructive damage they are causing to themselves and to others in the process. Jesus wants us to think of how our choices impact others. It ain’t all good if it hurts the ones we love.
Help me to make choices that are constructive not destructive. Give me an awareness of what is good for me and what appears to be good but it really destroying me. I want to be who you want me to be and not live under the illusion that “it’s all good!” Thank you God that all things work out for the good of those that love you and are called according to your purpose!
In JESUS Name!