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1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 10- Personal Rights

“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.” 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

Man is born with inalienable rights. Those who are lucky to be born in the United States have the right to schooling, the right to marry, the right to have a job, or to bear arms. The list is endless as to the rights we have by merely being a US citizen.

Although this is the case, I have learned throughout my life that just because you have the right or the liberty to do something doesn’t always mean that it’s profitable to exercise that right. Think of how many issues you could’ve avoided by simply choosing not to do something vice doing what you have the right to do. One may be, drinking alcohol in front of someone that struggles with that addiction. Although you may want a cold beverage at a BBQ, you notice that one of your friends that is present is recently struggling with the habit. You have a choice: to drink or not to drink—that is the question (Hamlet).



Are you a person that’s infatuated with your personal rights? Although Paul had many rights, he chose to give up his liberties for the sake of gaining others for Christ. Paul said, “I have become all thing to all people so that in all situations I might save some.” Are you willing to set aside your personal rights so that others may be gained for Christ? When someone gives their life to Jesus, they have in some ways, given up their rights so that Jesus’ way reigns. May God give you the strength to give up your rights so that your life will emulate that of the Lord Jesus.