It is good that everything we do be for the glory and honor of God, that we do not glory ourselves in what we do, but that we give thanks to God for allowing us to live and see the day to day. And this is because we know that many people go to bed, but they do not get up because their time has come for them to leave this world.
We can say that many people seek to do their own good by doing things that are not pleasing to the Lord, and with this they make others feel bad, by their way of acting and without thinking about the consequences that could bring to their lives.
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
1 Corinthians 10:23
As the first letter of the apostle Paul says to the Corinthians in its 10th chapter, Paul speaks about the things we do, that we see well and that we see how they satisfy our bodies, but that are not pleasing in the eyes of God.
Ii is good to ask God for direction for everything we do, because He knows what is best for us, He knows what will hurt us and what will not hurt us. God knows all things.
The things that we do, that do not edify, but damage our spirit, make us glory and that we put God as the last of our plans, but it is not good that we forget that God is the one who knows what is good or bad for our lives.
Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.
1 Corinthians 10:24
When we ask God for something and He does not give it to us, it is because He knows that it does not suit us, sometimes we attack God saying, “Lord, why do not you give me what I ask of you?” But it is good that you understand, that God does not want the bad things for His sons, but that His son can enjoy the good that the Father will give in His time. Let us not despair, let us pray in the name of the Lord, be patient, and give thanks to God for everything.
Let no one seek his own
As a consequence of the love that brothers keep for one another, they will not think about, or seek, their own; but they will think about those people who surround them and that sometimes may be facing difficulties.
If some of us has goods of this world, we ought to think about the needy brother, and to be ready to help others according to our possibilities: material things could help, as well as some advice or indication, trying not to show how wise we are, or our knowledge of things. Christians in Corinth had difficulties of all kinds: in that society, and in particular in the assembly of brothers, unbelievers exerted a great influence, and sometimes they had problems with food, dress or body ornaments.
(Paul said to them:
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”
(1 Corinthians 10:23-24)
We can find in our meetings that some brother or friend attends the services dressed in a fashion suit, with a shining necklace or watch, or wearing nice earrings—and those things could sometimes make a fuss in some simple brother. We can speak or not speak about such people, we must do things or not do them thinking in our brothers, but the fact is they want to look nice or interesting with the way they dress, but who don’t think about in other’s opinion. The apostle Paul said:
because all things may be lawful but not all are edifying, not all things are expedient for all people.
We must seek those things which are honest, according to moral liking of brothers, even if we consider them nonsense or childish. They can make people be amused rather than be instructed about the gospel’s message.
We must not seek our own opinion or consideration about things in the Church, in the Congregation, so that any brother could make a fuss in his mind for things which are not expedient things. “All is lawful but not all are expedient things.
In general it is good to be aware of what things are not edifying or expedient, with the aim of honoring our Lord God, who is a just and pure being. We ought to do all things for God’s glory.