In 1 Corinthians chapter 10, Paul is dealing with the freedom that Christians have. The Corinthians had been using their freedom in Christ to sin, and Paul was attempting to correct their understanding of what that freedom is. He says, ““I have the right to do anything,” you say-- but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”-- but not everything is constructive.” Speaking on this passage Harry Ironside spoke about young Christians who would ask him if they were free to do an action. He said this:
“They want to live for God, but they come to me and say, “What do you think of thus and so?” It is generally some kind of amusement. They ask, “Do you think that it is all right for a Christian?” And I always say, “My dear young brother, or my dear young sister, don’t you think that you are turning that around? Don’t ask the question, ‘Is there any harm in it?’ but, ‘Is there any profit in it? Will it really do me good? Would it be a blessing to me physically, spiritually, and in other ways? Will it help me to be a better testimony for Christ?’ If so, do not be afraid of it. But if conscience says, ‘It would not be profitable and it would not be a good testimony to others, it may mislead the weak, it will not lead me toward a deeper knowledge of Christ,’ then say, ‘I cannot, on the principle that the apostle lays down here, and I will avoid it.’” Let Christ be the one supreme Object of the devotion of your heart.”
Sometimes as Christians we can be more concerned about what we should not do, than asking if something is beneficial or constructive as the apostle Paul said. What change would it bring in how we perceive our freedom if we asked not whether something is permissible, but if something is constructive?
Have you found yourself living for what is permissible rather than what is beneficial?