Read 1 Corinthians 6:12 and 2 Corinthians 3:17
1. What common mindset is called out in 1 Corinthians 6:12?
2. What does verse 12 say we need to guard against?
3. According to 2 Corinthians 3:17, where do we find freedom?
Allowed versus beneficial. There’s a drastic difference between the two. The ultimate question 1 Corinthians 6:12 points to is, “What are the healthy boundaries we should live within?” While there’s freedom in Christ, it doesn’t give us license to do things that are ultimately harmful to ourselves or others. Whenever we put our desires above God, we can end up in bondage.
Satan has a plan to curse our life, but God has a plan to bless our life. We get to decide what plan we’re on. And it all starts with choosing to be in God’s presence. “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Take some time now to be quiet with God. Ask Him to reveal where you’ve sought out things that are allowed but not necessarily beneficial, whether in your sexuality or another area. Commit to spending time in His presence daily and ask Him to help align your desires with His.
Want to go deeper? Read this article for a deeper dive on what “allowed versus beneficial” means, including two questions you can ask yourself to distinguish between the two.