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Nov 11

But… What Should I Do?

I thought I would take this opportunity to share something which has helped me over the years. You might have heard me mention it before at Bible study, Youth Fellowship, etc. but I find it so valuable that I think it’s worth posting here for everyone. Hopefully I’m not infringing on anyone’s copyright.

It’s pretty self-explanatory below, but basically, it’s a great test which can be applied to anything and everything we do in our lives, and a way to reflect on what we have done in the past or plan to do in the future. Based on 1 Corinthians, it approaches any issue from 4 different aspects which ought to help us, as Christians, decide how we should then act.

(I highly recommend that you read the book itself, as it is so applicable to our lives today and this is just a small part of it.)

 

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“Formula: How to Know Right from Wrong”
Taken from The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
“‘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?

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So there you have it, folks. I hope this will help you in decision-making in the future 🙂 There’s so much to learn from the Bible, so open it up and start reading!

-Emily Lim