Permissible, But Not Beneficial
“Everything is permissible for me,” but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything.1 Corinthians 6:12
All things are permissible for me, but not all things are helpful. I have often meditated on this when it comes to certain areas of my life. Emotional eating has been a constant battle for me for many years, so dwelling on and reciting this scripture pushes the self-control issues I have with food to the forefront of my mind knowing I need to experience freedom in this specific area. All food is permissible for me, but clearly it’s evident that all food is not beneficial for me, because I have been brought under the control of certain foods and the amount of food I consume. I have allowed what was permissible, but not helpful, to control me. This is just one example of why this verse is so very important. It might not be food for you, as it is for me; it could be another area of life where you struggle with things not helpful to you. My heart is deceitful, sisters. Jeremiah 17:9. Sometimes my desires for things that are permissible steer me in the wrong direction. We must be alert and aware of the sinful desires of our hearts. As Christians we do have liberty because Christ made us free, but that liberty does not come without reserve or limitations. We must not abuse that liberty by neglecting to set boundaries on things we know that might not be beneficial.
We must also think of other sisters in Christ when it comes to what is not helpful or beneficial. For example; if we have a sister who has struggled with alcohol addiction in the past, in this situation how beneficial do you think it is to drink even a glass of wine in front of her, knowing it’s not helpful to her? So let’s not only be aware of what might not be beneficial to ourselves, but also the sisters in Christ we spend time with. Let’s mutually edify each other. Romans 14:19.
Father, help me to live according to the Spirit, not my sinful nature. Things that may be permissible to me are not always beneficial and sometimes those things lead me into bondage. Set me free from the desires of the flesh, especially those that tend to master my life. You are the Master of my life.
Meditate on this verse, sisters. Let’s be alert on how easily something that might seem harmless at first, can lead us down the road to bondage. Christ is our Lord and Master, let’s be diligent to set boundaries on permissible things.