The glory of God and the good of others

Our first weeks in 1 Corinthians may have been confusing to some.  So many issues!  So many unanswered questions!  Unity (week 1), church discipline  (week 2), marriage, singleness, sex and divorce (week 3).  Yikes! This week will only add to the confusion unless we begin to see the logic and strategy of Paul.  He draws every moral question back to the the will and character of God and the good of man.  For Paul, every Christian choice is shaped by worship to God and love for others.  “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31)  “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others” )1 Corinthians 10:24)  Even the liberty that we have found in Christ will have limits that we will gladly accept for these two magnificent guiding purposes.  When Jesus said “Take my yoke upon you”, He was speaking of a two-sided restraint–the glory of God and the good of others.  Pressing on it will lead us forward!

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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