Wednesday, July 23, 2008

If it feels good...

A verse I've recently pondered is about all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. It's found in 1st Corinthians 6:12.

Our culture makes it seem like we can and should do anything our hearts desire without repercussions.

Isn't it funny then, that we can't seem to find our satisfaction?

I think the concept is easily demonstrated with eating all the chocolate chip cookie dough I want. Afterwards, I feel sick and gain weight. But I could do it because there was nothing really "wrong" with eating all that yummy decadence.

(Trust me, I've done it.)

It was permissible because I made the dough. I made it just so I could eat it. Yes, I really did!

You guessed it. It wasn't beneficial for me no matter how much I wanted it.

I know that's a simple example, so try it with anything else.

Plug your want or desire into this idea: There's really nothing wrong with _______________. I'm not hurting anyone else by _________________. I'm an adult and can do anything I want. It's my life.

Now think it through. What are the short term and long term consequences?

Ask yourself this question (there are a few different ways you can ask it): Even though I can do _____________, is it beneficial for me? How will it make my life measurably better?

For Part 2 to this concept, please visit God Uses Broken Vessels.

Angie
PS What do you think?

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Ang. I think my list is really long. This is something we need to think about.

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  2. Angie, this is so true. We're such a "me, me,me" society today.

    I love your sentence to fill in the blanks as a test to see if what we want to do is beneficial. tahnks for sharing.

    Missy

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  3. Um, you know that cookie dough example...well, I still haven't learned my lesson.

    What I have learned is that some things I can say no to easily and others take some serious thought and planning.

    Thanks for commenting ladies,

    Angie

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  4. A verse I've recently pondered is about all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial.

    yeah :(

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