I have potted plants flanking the entry to my home. As I was walking by, I decided to check to see if they needed water. One of the plants holds water like a cup, when I looked inside I saw a frog who had made it his own personal hiding place and swimming pool. Even though it’s one of those slimy tree frogs, and it freaks me out when they try to jump on me, it is beneficial because it’s probably eating the mosquito larvae that can live inside the plant. The Bible says that all things are permissible, but not everything is beneficial. It was talking about eating meat that was sacrificed to idols as the example. In my situation the frog is both permissible and beneficial. That’s not the case with my friend, she is terrified of frogs. When she comes to visit, I will have to make that frog vacate his home. The point is, your conduct should not lead anyone astray or affect the conscience of someone else. Your conscience will be clear, but if it causes someone else to stumble, don’t do it. That frog would cause my friend to get hurt. That’s the point of this; you don’t want to cause someone else to sin or be hurt because of your actions.
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24