Wednesday, October 9, 2019

From the Kitchen Table

Victorious Living Day 12

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.  ​ Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.                     1 Corinthians 12:23-11:1

There are two attitudes that will expand and energize our lives, being thankful and thoughtful.  These same two attitudes will keep our lives balanced and centered in love.  Trusting God with our wants and needs will keep us thankful and thoughtful.  This life is made to orbit around the Son, not the self.  Our universe or our lives gets smaller and prone to sadness when it becomes centered on self but our universe reaches to the stars when we center it on Jesus.  In fact our lives become prone and powerful for living in God’s love, light, liberty and life as we center our lives on the Son rather than the self.  So, let’s be thankful that Christ has made us free and thoughtful of those around us who need to be set free too, trusting God for all our needs along the way.  It’s liberating. 

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