Just because you can, does not mean you should
1 Corinthians 10:23-30 (NIV) 23 “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. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”
27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience.28 But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. 29 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience?30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?
Christ told us to love others as we love ourselves.
So what does that look like? It looks a lot like putting them before us.
I want to give you one good way of putting that into practice.
Love like Jesus did
Put your freedom aside.
What do I mean by this?
Well, as Christians we have been given a lot of freedom to take part in what God has created. God said that He created it and it was good.
But what do you do when your freedom in Christ clashes with someone else’s well being – you give in. You love them so much that the last thing you want to do is something that will hinder their spiritual progress or growth.
You might say, “I have a right to do what I want to do” as some were also saying in Paul’s day but your goal is always to love God and love others.
You should set aside your freedom in Christ for the sake of others.
When Christ asked us to love others, He never said it would be easy. And this is definitely one example of that.
This what Christ did for you and me. He left glory, came to earth, humbled Himself, lived like us, and suffered like because of His love for God and us.
And now we can do the same for others.