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10/31 1 Corinthians 10

In Chapter 10 Paul gives encouragement to all about being tempted to with sin.  God provides for His people in all situations.

13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

In verse 23 Paul explains that while everything is allowed, not everything is beneficial or constructive for us.  Just because the laws allow you do something, act a certain way, or do what you want, doesn’t mean it is good for you.  It doesn’t mean God approves.  He calls us to measure it against what will benefit others and I dare say what God would have you do.

23“Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. 24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

Paul then goes on in verse 31 to tell us that whatever we do, do it so that it will bring glory to God.  Also remembering that whatever we are doing should not cause others to sin.  Thinking about the effect we have on others should be first and foremost in our minds.  Remember, the world looks for Christians to mess up or put ourselves in awkward positions so they can say see they are not all that good after all.  They tell us how we should live and look at them.

31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

Paul reminds us that he always has the lost in mind?  What about us?

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