John considers how our hearts should be motivated by the great Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how it effects the choices we make.
Ch 7-10 provide principles to live by in areas of uncertainty. They help us live for the Gospel.
Some things we must do; commands of God, laws of the land that we must not breach. A lot of things we have in life we have a choice over. We need principles to guide us on moral issues.
Paul says all things are permissible but not all things are helpful.
1. Ch7 Does this choice help me keep in step with God? Living for the Lord.
Is everything beneficial. All is permissible but not all things are helpful. Will this decision help me walk closer to God?
2. Ch8, food sacrificed to idols. Living for others. Will this decision help other people? Is it good for others.
People can be destroyed by the choice of someone who has greater knowledge.
3. Ch9 Will this choice help or advance the gospel?
We should surrender our rights so that the gospel is not hindered.
4. Will this decision be helpful or advance the gospel. Will it help me in eternity in running for the prize.
All the runners run but only one person wins the prize so run the race in order to win the prize.