The Apostle Paul really drills down to the purpose of our actions in everyday living. I’m struct by the tension between the freedom of a believer “to do anything” and the principal “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others”. This primary focus on ‘the other’, whoever that may be in ones life, it is the essence of Jesus purpose and life. We, all the people of the world, past, present, and future are ‘the other’. Jesus glorified God with all his obedience and focus on ‘the other’. Apostle Paul’s last verse puts an explanation point.
33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.