“All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life].”
1 CORINTHIANS 10:23 AMP
“Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.” But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.”
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 MSG
I remember the first day I heard this scripture, this was like 10 years ago, it hit me and stuck there: not all things are permissible, not all things are beneficial…. It was in a mentor-ship talk with one of my best leaders ever Bro. Gbenga Adesanya. He went ahead to explain this scripture, that yes it might be okay to do this and do that but for the same of others you’re leading for even the sake of your spiritual growth it’s not necessary. For example: A bus driver or conductor provokes you (trust me it’s an everyday affair in Lagos, Nigeria 😂) and you in turn react with the same level of anger & frustration thereby leading to a fight or an intense exchange of words! Now yes, it’s permissible to let the conductor know that you won’t be taken for a ride or be fooled but really arguing and engaging in a battle of words isn’t beneficial at all! It leaves you dehydrated in the spirit! See? Some things can just be addressed properly without extra issues!
Listening to his series on relationships, during the first episode, Pastor Todd spoke expressly on finding ones self, before you can even let another into your life. He said “The real power of living a matured Christian life is when you know you can but you don’t have to. The real power of being secure it’s in the fact that I know my identity, I know I’m in the right place and I know I’m moving in purpose, I understand what I’m doing before a person. I can do whatever but I don’t need a rule to tell me because I’ve been freed by the love relationship I have with God” This again really did hit me!
Now Joyce Meyer in one of her daily devotionals explains that Boundaries Have Purpose thus helps us stay in track, this makes us disciplined. Read with me,
“The Word of God establishes the necessary boundaries to keep us in God’s safety zone. It tells us what we can do, and what we better not do, to be safe. As Christians we can think it’s kind of exciting to live life on the edge. We like the image of “Yeah! That’s me! Living on the edge!” It’s become a popular way of looking at life. But to be honest, God doesn’t want us living on the edge, because if we’re living on the edge, then we have no margin for error. Highways have lines, one on each side and one in the center. These lines provide margins for our safety while we’re driving. If we go over the line on one side, we’ll go into the ditch. If we cross over the line in the middle, we could get killed. We like those lines because they help keep us safe. It’s like that in our personal lives, too. When we have boundaries, borders, and margins, we feel much better and experience God’s peace. The key is to go to God’s Word, where He has laid out all the boundaries we need to live by. Let God direct your path every day.”
Today’s Faith Friday charge is to all of us, to prayerfully set up the right boundaries and discipline mechanisms that will enable us grow! If it requires not making that call again, not going to such places, putting a restriction setting on your phone, not reading things that would fan that weakness flame, this year let’s decide that we can do whatever but we really don’t need to!
Can’t wait to hear from you!
Prayer Starter: God, I recognize the need for boundaries in my life. As I read Your Word, show me how to apply Your healthy boundaries in my life today.