1 Corinthians 6:12-14 NIVUK
12 ‘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. 13 You say, ‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.’ The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
We recently recorded and watched a thriller, the climax of which was a court case. Much to our frustration, before we watched it we turned on the TV and caught the closing words ‘not guilty’. So much for any suspense in the film – the characters could do whatever they wanted and it didn’t matter as we already knew the verdict.
Thanks to Christ you your verdict has already been announced. You are found not guilty and free ahead of the judgement to come! You are free to do whatever you want, say whatever you want or think whatever you want!
The trouble with freedom, however, is that some of the things we may do with it are harmful to others, to ourselves and come between us and God. To misquote Spiderman, with great freedom comes great responsibility. It turns out our actions do matter.
Lord, help me to use my freedom for good and for God.