“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12).
The freedom believers have in Christ Jesus led some in the Corinthian church to declare, “All things are lawful to me.” It was to this that Paul offered his two statements of check-and-balance…”but not all things are profitable” and “I will not be mastered by anything.” My experience has been that those who speak most often of their “freedom” in Christ do so in association with some social behavior or lifestyle practice not widely embraced by the greater faith community. In verses 12-20 Paul offers counsel for a more mature and responsible approach to handling our freedom in Christ. In the light of these scripture, we would do well to ask ourselves the following questions before exercising our liberty: Will it benefit the witness of the church? Will it reveal Christ’ lordship in my life? Will it depict resurrection living? Will it glorify God?