It was something I’d wrestled with for years – decades actually. Several times every year the same issue resurfaced and I spent more time and energy dealing with it. “Should I? Shouldn’t I? What are the pros and cons? What would happen if I did? What might happen if I didn’t?”
It wasn’t a moral issue, it was a personal preference issue. The outcome of my decision wouldn’t have any significant effects on others. Finding no absolute black and white, I got down on my knees and prayed about it AGAIN. Shortly thereafter, I picked up my One Year Bible and studied the assigned reading for that day which included:
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:23-24)
Paul was writing to Christians about their freedoms in Christ – specifically as it related to food choices. Yet I found application to my “grey issue” as well. It too fell into the “permissible” realm, but was it beneficial and constructive? If so, too whom? It was the last sentence of the verse that I believed pertained to my situation. I stopped and added an important question to my considerations:
If I do this, who will benefit? Would this action be for the good of others, or only for my good?
At the end of the day, I realized it was a pretty self-centered thing that, if pursued, would truly only benefit me.
Facing a difficult “grey area” decision? Think about adding the question of who will benefit to your considerations. –Dave
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