1 Corinthians 5:9-11
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

Before I started this book, I was concerned about how I would deal with these rather difficult topics Paul addresses. A big reason for my keenness to avoid it is that I myself am guilty of many of these sins or have once been guilty of them and talking about them publicly would be rather difficult for me. Today Paul focusses on adulterers and specially those who are believers in Jesus Christ. It would be easy to sit where I am and point a finger elsewhere but I cannot for I have to deal with my conscience when I sit before God. Therefore I believe this lesson is first for me before being preached to the rest of the world. In my brokenness, may the Lord be glorified!

My sin could be in the form of being a lay participant to crude jokes, watching television programs or movies that prescribe to broken values, thinking thoughts that could never be spoken aloud, etc. I don’t know about anyone else but these are issues I face regularly and I feel horrid standing before the cross when I have done this. As I prayed before I started reading today’s chapter, I was just talking to God about how broken I am and how I need His intervention in my life to transform me completely. As Paul cried out, I cry and ask the Lord to take away this thorn in my flesh and I know the solution is for us to walk away from such situations when we know we are getting into them and He will keep us safe. As a believer in Jesus Christ, are you grieving God’s heart by living a life contrary to His will and if so are you willing to ask the Lord for His forgiveness and help to put that sin behind you? Lets not be the yeast that ruins the entire batch!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    I fully understand your quandry. In Mark 12:17 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
    So that is how Christ feels about the spiritually ill, so how can we not associate with sinners, right? But what I think He is trying to convey is the difference between those who do not know Him as opposed to those who know Him yet refuse Him. Consider 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
    In Matt 12:33-35 Christ says to the Pharisees, 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

    Yes, I too am GUILTY as charged, and am a sinner and will always be. The difference (to me) is in attitude. We are instructed to steer clear of those who 1. Profess Christ with their mouth yet judge others, Use Him to gain superiority over others, Act Holy at the Temple but immerse themselves freely in sin away from His Temple. In short, God is not fond of Hypocrites, or the Pious, for they do much damage to His church. God Bless Brother!
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim
      What I appreciate from you is that you don’t simply comment to exchange pleasantries or to make your presence felt and I sincerely appreciate your correction. Yes, I do now understand what was being spoken and what I wrote was probably a response to the guilt inside of me. Thank you for sharing your wisdom in love!
      Vineet

  2. springsinthedesert says:

    Wow..that was so powerful..We often point at others and consider oursleves very ‘Holy’. Today’s post helped me to look deep into my heart and see my shortcomings..Thank You Vineet

    God Bless,
    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani
      Thanks for being a supportive and I appreciate your comment. I worry that this book of corinthians is going to be a lot of introspection and I look forward to some positive messages too but this is a season of correction from the Lord and I plan to stay on course to learn in the chronology of books of the Bible.
      Vineet

  3. blesseddad says:

    P.S. sorry, didn’t mean to write a novel 😉

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim
      What you wrote was a blessing, not a novel and I welcome you to write as your heart leads. God sometimes talks to us through His children and I always appreciate your words to me. Feel free to write as much as you need because it is a blessing to me and to anyone who reads the post.
      Vineet

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