Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to be reminded of this truth through the years. The wisdom contained in this statement is vast, but it isn’t merely reasonable. It’s biblical.

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
— 1 Corinthians 10:23

Just because you won’t go to jail (nor will it “send you to Hell”) doesn’t mean that it’s an acceptable or helpful decision. Yes, you can fill your life with self-destructive choices and still be forgiven. However, that’s not the wisdom of God. It’s a miserable existence when you live your life chasing after ways to satisfy the appetites of the flesh. Even if it is legal, it will still leave a wake of destruction, not only in your life but also in the lives of those all around you.

Can you do it? Yes. But should you? That’s the real question that demands consideration.

Wisdom is such a valuable gift. It allows us to cut through the excuses, justifications, and misgivings. So often, I’ve ignored the gift and, as a result, I’ve paid the price.

Not can I buy the car, but should I buy the car?
Not can I date this person, but should I date this person?
Not can I skip my small group, but should I skip my small group?
Not can I prioritize work over family, but should I?

The list is endless, and the Holy Spirit can and will customize it for you if you will slow down and listen. You are much closer to disaster and victory than you can even imagine.

 

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