“I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful.
I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything.”
1 Corinthians 6:12 (CEB)
The apostle Paul brings out an important point with these words. He speaks about himself but applies the message to all who belong to God.
We belong to Jesus. When we realize we have this relationship with Him, we hear that we need to obey Him. When we act in obedience to Christ, we glorify (or honor) Him.
As children of God, we should think of the best way to represent Him in our world. There are people around us who have not accepted Jesus but they know what we are to do about things with which we deal. They watch us and, when we slip, they are right there to tell us, “If that’s Christianity, I don’t want it.”
Yes, I could go to the horse race track, I hear it has a lot of neat things there—celebrities appear there, I understand they have good food in their restaurant. But I know I have an addictive personality. That constrains me from going. The local horse track tries to do a lot of public relations work in order to draw more people in their doors. But I remember the fact that I have seen lives ruined by their own vices and people hurt because of another person’s addictive behavior.
I have to exercise restraint when I hear of people going out there to see a show, or to eat a meal. Because God has dealt with me about both my own need to stay away and the fact that others can do this.