“‘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. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”
1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV)
Dave talked about these verses in CCC’s Same Difference series. If you missed it, check it out. One of the marks of spiritual maturity is laying down our rights, our freedoms for the sake of others. Oftentimes this sounds outlandish when we’re not growing in our faith. When we are maturing and taking steps towards God we’ll discover times when we’re making sacrifices unintentionally, almost like it’s second nature.
Set aside some time this week to consider your inner world. Do you bristle at the idea of holding back for the benefit of others? Can you point to ways you’re limiting your freedom because of love for someone else? This can be a great window into what’s going on in your soul. Pay attention to how your heart responds to the notion of limiting yourself for someone else’s good. It can tell you a lot.
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