Christian liberty is to be used to serve God, not fleshly desires

Christians have freedom in Christ to do many things and enjoy many innocent pleasures. True Christianity does not force us to follow a lot of strict regulations and religious rules. Yes, we believe a strong sense of morality, but we do not have strict dietary rules and do not have many prescribed religious rituals that we have to observe. We have a lot of freedom to make a wide variety of diverse choices.

However, this does not mean that we are free to do whatever we want, rather, we are free to do what God wants. We should use our freedom to make decisions to do whatever honors God and is loving for others. We should not use our freedom to satisfy our fleshly desires. Just because we have the right to do something, doesn’t mean we should do something. Sometimes we need to sacrifice our rights to serve God:

 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. (I Corinthians 6:12 NIV).

The Apostle Paul, in the verse above, warns us against the dangers of seeing our liberty as a device for chasing pleasure. We should not be mastered by any of the world’s innocent pleasures: our desire for food, for sleep, for popularity, etc. These things are not evil in and of themselves, but we must use them to accomplish good, we must not make them false idols in our hearts and worship them.

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