1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Keeping a close check on your lifestyle is the most reliable means to avoid direct or indirect participation in the tempter’s schemes. Jerry Bridges highlights four guidelines in his book The Pursuit of Holiness:
“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. (1 Corinthians 6:12)
Question 1: Is it helpful, physically, spiritually, and mentally?
“Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6: 12)
Question 2: Does it bring me under its power?
“Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.” (1 Corinthians 8:13)
Question 3: Does it hurt others?
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Question 4: Does it glorify God?
Source: Stanley, Charles. Enter His Gates: A daily journey into the Master’s Presence. Manila City. OMF Literature Inc. 2003.
Prayer by Bernie Tudio
“Lord, You did not ask that we have great faith for things to happen in our lives. You asked for faith as small as a mustard seed. You did not demand from us that we be sinless, but that we sin less and less through the guidance of Your Word and Spirit. My Savior’s blood on me is my righteousness before You. Grant, O Lord, that I will do Your will… for Your glory and honor’s sake.”