“I have the right to do anything,” you say – but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” – but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
1 Corinthians 10:23-24
How often do we hear the words, “I have the right!” or “It’s my right!”
What is a right? According to the dictionary and in the context used above, a right is a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.
The legal side is pretty clear for most of us, I think it is the moral side of that definition that tends to trip us up.
I have made many choices and decisions in my life based on the thought that it was my right, or that I was entitled – a synonym to the word right.
I was, and still am from time to time, guilty of compartmentalizing my theology and my ethics. I have been able to justify anything in my mind and have bent God to my will, instead of the other way around.
I encourage all of us to push towards seeking the good of others in our daily lives. A little thing goes a long way in the lives of those we come in contact with. Be the light!
As Paul says a little later on in this chapter beginning in verses 31-33:
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God – even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.