Jun. 26, 2017

Godly Discipline Never Disappoints

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. I Corinthians 10:23

Have you ever heard a person say, "I'm grown. I can do what I want to do!"? The scripture referenced above was written by the Apostle Paul to the church at Corinth. The scripture speaks wisdom to the statement, "I'm grown. I can do what I want to do!"

Concerning certain behaviors and activities, I have also heard people say, "Well, the Bible doesn't say it's wrong!" Again, I Corinthians 10:23 shares some wisdom. Paul explains to the believers at Corinth that although there is no rule or law against certain things, it's just not a good idea to do everything that might come to mind. It's not wise to accept every invitation. There may not be anything particularly unlawful about something you are doing or thinking about doing but is it expedient? Meaning... is it helpful? Is the behavior or activity wholesome and beneficial? Does it make you a better person? Is it spiritually or naturally profitable?

The KJV of the Bible uses two words in this passage to define positive activities: expedient and edify. We have already discussed 'expedient' which means 'helpful'. Paul penned the thought that while there is no written commandment against some behaviors, do those behaviors edify? Do they build up and strengthen? Do they make you stronger? Do they make your faith stronger? Are those behaviors strengthening your family and your witness for God? Is what you are doing or thinking about doing bringing Him Glory? Does your participation in some things cause Him to be pleased?

It isn't good to have an Adam and Eve mentality. God had given them everything and yet, they sought the thing He told them not to eat. II Peter 1:3 (AMP) reads as follows: For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). When we understand and appreciate what He has done for us, we won't want to live on the edge. We won't want to live as close to the world as possible without falling in. Be happy and satisfied with the liberty we have through Jesus Christ. Through Him, we have everything we need that promotes life and godliness. Why would anyone who has this understanding engage in pursuits that are not spiritually constructive?

It is always advantageous to employ wisdom. Wisdom and godly discipline will never lead you astray. Godly discipline never disappoints.