The Corinthian motto was: “Everything is permissible for me”.
They thought because they were free in Christ, free from judgement and the law, they thought they were free to do whatever they pleased. They thought it was OK to settle disputes through litigation and that they were free to feed themselves sex like it was an appetite.
It is a mark of maturity when we balance our rights with our responsibilities.
Just because we live in a world that is obsessed with their rights in disputes to sue and to have sex anytime, with anyone, it doesn’t mean it is beneficial for others.
When we focus on our rights, we highlight ourselves. When we focus on our responsibilities, we highlight what God wants in our lives - to be holy in all we do. So Paul uses the Corinthian motto ‘Everything is permissible for me’ but adds ‘But not everything is beneficial’.
1 Cor 6:12 ‘Everything is permissible for me - but not everything is beneficial.’