Liberty and Legalism
“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up. 1 Corinthians 10:23 HCSB
I must admit, I can be very legalistic in my Christian walk. I don’t ever want to take grace for granted. How can we live a life of freedom outside of legalism? Throughout my continual study of Christian liberty, I have found that I should examine several aspects of my daily decision making.
First off, I must examine motivations for my actions. Am I doing my quiet time because I want to get a gold star from God? Why do I serve in the positions I do in the Church? Am I doing it to please man, or out of an overflow of my love for God? Our actions do not sway God. They don’t make Him love us any more than our sin makes Him love us any less.
Another thing, is that though I have the freedom to do certain things, is it good for me? I know I’m saved. I know I make mistakes, but another thing I know is that there are certain things that are not beneficial for me. If I constantly abuse my body, eventually I’m going to suffer consequence, including sickness, addiction, hurt, and even death.
Finally, I examine, am I a stumbling block to others? While I can do certain things, if I am a stumbling block to anyone around me in their walk, I’m abusing the gift of liberty. 1 Corinthians 8:9 addresses this when Paul says “But be careful that this right of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak.”
It is important to be prayerful daily. Pray each day for your motivations, and to be aware of those around you and their struggles. While we are still sinners, we are free in Christ. Let’s use our freedom wisely, sisters.
God today I thank you for the gift of grace. Holy Spirit, help me to examine my motivations, and help me to exhort others, and to not be a stumbling block to them. Lord, I pray that each decision would glorify you out of an overflow of love for You. Thank you for dying on the cross and being my righteousness. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you examine your motivations for your actions.
Are some of your actions a stumbling block to others? Ask God to show you how you can exhort others daily.