Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 5-6
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
The Amish call the practice of separating a person from the congregation “shunning.” Paul, in 5:11-13, lists those who are to set aside from participating in the congregation. The leaders of the church in Corinth had written to Paul for guidance in handling these most difficult matters (7:1). Why would Paul be so strict? The answer is found in 5:6-8. Leaven, or yeast, will cause the bread to rise well above the pan, unless checked by the heat of baking. Unchecked, it can make quite a mess.
Sin, unless checked, will eventually infect the whole loaf, the church, the family, the individual life and even the life of our country. The role of government is to stop evil from spreading out of control. This is the reason why “marriage” is regulated in our constitution. Sexual promiscuity is the root cause of this modern epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). May God help us to be faithful to one man or one woman, or else remain chaste as a single person.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, I’m well aware that sin is not just those actions mentioned in Paul’s lists. I often think of Your Word that says, “To know to do good, and to not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17). Anything less than Your perfect plan for the human family is sin. Therefore, I have no problem agreeing with the Apostle John in 1 John 1:8-9. Thus I ask for Your constant forgiveness and Your cleaning action in my life. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
As a young minister, Pastor Johnstone shocked me with this story. When he discovered one of the prominent men in his church was unfaithful to his wife, Pastor Johnstone, a one-time boxer, took this man by the lapels of his coat and said, “With the spiritual authority God has given me as your pastor, I now deliver you unto Satan for the destruction of your flesh, so that your spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (5:5). The man fell to his knees, repented before God, his pastor, and his wife, and the family was restored. His flesh was destroyed in that he, by his godly sorrow, identified with Christ in death. In Romans 6:11, Paul writes, “Reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
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