Paul gives 4 principles for Christian liberty in 1 Corinthians 10:23-33: 1) edification over gratification (v. 23); 2) others over self (v. 24); 3) liberty over legalism (vv. 25-27); and 4) condescension over condemnation (vv. 28-30).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 10:23-30.
Though it might not always feel like it, jobs are a blessing. Our work allows us to utilize God-given talents, provide for our families, and grow both personally and professionally. See 1 Corinthians 10:31. However, when we feel overlooked or sense that our contributions aren’t valued, emotions like anger or envy get in the way. What should be a source of delight and fulfillment becomes drudgery we avoid at all costs.
The trouble starts when we think of ourselves as individuals rather than as members of the community. We are here to serve and help one another, after all – not to be served (Matthew 20:20-28). That’s why God’s Word says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Putting ourselves last allows us to lay petty concerns down instead of becoming defensive. Then we can experience freedom in the truest sense of the word.
The In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 19, 2021.
“…[E]steem others better than himself” (verse 3), is the basic definition of true humility (Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 5:21; 1 peter 5:5). Christ is the ultimate example of selfless humility (Matthew 11:29; John 13:12-17).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Philippians 2:3,5.
The amount of money we have is not so important as the way we use it. Rich people can be generous or stingy – and so can those with less money. What is your attitude toward your possessions? Do you hoard them selfishly, or do you use them to bless others?
Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional NT, July 8. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003.