1 Corinthians 10:23 – “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible” – but not everything is constructive. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It is true that we live by grace. But that does not give us a license to sin. There are still things that simply are neither beneficial nor constructive and we should avoid them.
My Advice – Do not buy into any claims that because of grace you should be allowed do anything you want. God’s moral laws are still His laws.
Romans 6:1 – What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? (NIV 1984)
My Musings – People will make any excuse to legitimize their sinful habits and desires. Even going to the extreme of perverting God’s grace.
My Advice – Do not let anyone convince you that grace gives you freedom to sin. It is not true. While God’s grace is bigger than any sin you could commit, it is not a license to continue in sin.
The Yoke Is Broke
Leviticus 26:13 – “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The yoke of sin has been broken, but we all too often walk with ours heads bowed under the heavy burden of sin. We continue to live sinful lives and be slaves to sin when we do not have to. God has enabled us to break free. But we choose to continue as slaves.
My Advice – Live the life that you were called to when you accepted Christ as your Savior. You do not have to be a slave to sin of any kind and you do not have to break free from it on your own power. God has already freed you.
For my first series of musings, I am sharing from “A Dad’s Devotions.” “A Dad’s Devotions” was a 365-day devotional that I wrote for my son Joel for his graduation from college in 2007. Each day included a verse from the Bible, my impressions (musings) and some advice for my son. Joel is graciously letting me pass these musings along to you. I hope you find them helpful.
You Are Free
Genesis 2:16 – And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Freedom (“you are free”), responsibility (you must not eat”), choice (“when you eat’) and consequences (‘you will surely die’). A complete package, all present from the beginning. Freedom is not a license to act outside the will of God. While we may choose to do so, there will inevitably be consequences if we do.
My Advice – Be responsible in how you exercise the freedom that God gives you. Make wise choices that are consistent with God’s moral laws. This way you can avoid the consequences of wrong choices.