Posted by: SandreS | January 14, 2010

The Use of Our Liberty

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not (I Corinthians 10:23).

Under grace we are free to apply the things that we learn, and walk in them, so long as we do not hurt, or become a stumbling block to others. This is the principle of love – because …

Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law (Romans 13:10).

Here enters the context and principles of Romans chapter 14, and the importance of a walk of personal faith and clear conscience. We are free to exercise our liberty in Christ insofar as it does not offend the weaker brother’s conscience and thus destroy him. Here are some principles that we could use and apply in specific circumstances:

Scriptural Understanding

We should seek a scriptural understanding regarding any particular issue. The intent would be to provide clarity of conscience and a true act of personal faith, while in love allowing others to do the same, even though they may see things differently than we do.

Deliberate Actions

We should seek to gain clear understanding of our individual purposes and intents prior to any actions. Our individual actions should always be:

(1) In light of our personal consciences

Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of genuine faith … Holding faith, and a good conscience … (I Timothy 1:5, 19).

(2) In light of our genuine desires (as well as likes and dislikes).

For it is God Who works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).

Our actions should be deliberate and with forethought. This is what the Christian life is intended to be – rather than a mindless spur-of-the-moment “going along” – so that any action can be done heartily as unto the Lord.

Genuine Honor and Respect

We should honor and respect one another and not trespass each other’s personal faith and consciences.

These principles would allow us to reflect our walk in liberty as an act of worshipful faith and a walk in love.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2007, 2010


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