They would believe they had the right to do anything and everything.
Reference: ““I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV
Explore: I used to work with children at an after school care program. These kids were full of energy and lots of fun.
We had all sorts of children involved in the program. While they all lived in the same suburb, each family did things slightly differently.
In all the years I worked this job there was always one child who was very self-assured. They would believe they had the right to do anything and everything.
They knew all the rules and when other children would break them. They would take charge in games like they were one of the staff.
While it was great to have young leaders in the group they would often forget their place. They would boss the staff around and make the rules work in their own favour.
Just because they had some greater knowledge didn’t mean they always did the right thing with it.
Application: Children are not the only ones who think they know better than they really do. Adults can be just as guilty of it.
Once someone gains a little knowledge they can soon think themselves superior. But that’s not always right.
It seems the same was the case in the early church with one of Paul’s church plants. Just because people could act in a certain way didn’t mean it was right.
We may have the resources or the power to act in a certain way, but it doesn’t mean we should. We may feel we have the freedom to speak in such a way but it doesn’t mean it’s healthy or helpful.
If in doubt we should always check in with how Jesus acted and what He said. He tended to veer towards love rather than self-righteous declarations.
Prayer: Lord, may we speak Your words of love and compassion to a world that is so often hurting. Amen.
When have you stepped over the line?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.