Psalms 126-128, 1 Corinthians 10:19-33 Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:24
Sometimes we get so focused on what we want that we lose sight of what God wants. He not only wants us to consider whether or not something is beneficial for us but also whether it is good for others.
The emphasis on self can distort our view of others. When self occupies our vision, it becomes difficult to set aside what we want or what we think is acceptable. Yet Paul repeatedly reminds us that we do not live for ourselves only. We are part of the community of believers and. must consider how our actions affect others.
“Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others” (v, 24). Paul is not talking about good things we can do for others but how we must consider the effect our actions will have on others. It is not just a matter of saying, “This is right for me.” It is even more than deciding something is edifying. This verse commands an added dimension to our decision making—how will what I do affect others, and will it be for their good?
“God, help me think about how what I do affects others. Give me a heart that desires to do what will be good for them, not just what pleases myself.”
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett