Get a grip—on your wine!

My wife watches a lot of HGTV. Often these programs display lavish homes or discuss transforming ordinary homes. From exciting “kitchen-crashes” to extreme home-improvements, these shows frequently include adding a wine fridge for wine storage.

Wine seems to be an accepted part of our contemporary culture and welcomed into many homes—even Christian homes. While the Bible does not prohibit drinking wine, it does condemn drunkenness as a sin.* Of course, drunkenness would never be a problem, if alcohol were never imbibed, in the first place.

The Living Bible paraphrases 1 Corinthians 6:12 this way: “I can do anything I want to if Christ has not said no, but some of these things aren’t good for me. Even if I am allowed to do them, I’ll refuse to if I think they might get such a grip on me that I can’t easily stop when I want to.”

Does wine have a grip on you—or members of your family? Learn to “get a grip” on any substance abuse from the wisdom of Solomon: Proverbs 20:1 and 23:29-35.

* See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Romans 13:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8; Galatians 5:19-21.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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