1 Corinthians 6:12-14
“Everything is permissible for me”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”—but I will not be mastered by anything. “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”—but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.

Paul writes to the body of believers who are part of the church in Corinth and what he wrote them holds good even today. The church in Corinth was torn in a multitude of ways and today Paul addresses 2 key issues, lawsuits among believers and sexual immorality. With respect to lawsuits between believers, he recommends we take our disputes with believers to other believers in the church and present it for their judgment before we go to the courts of the land. This is because God gives us wisdom and will help us resolve such matters internally instead of taking it out to courts of unbelievers who will question our own beliefs. The next topic is sexual immorality and it seems that followers in the church then did not see an issue with sexual immorality. Even today, many believers are plagued by this sin that destroys families, homes and makes the unbelievers question the very foundation of our faith.

As humans, we have the freedom to choose and this is why Paul says everything is permissible to me but not beneficial. We are not controlled by anything and therefore in this freedom we revel but because of our brokenness we live and dwell in sin. As believers, our bodies are bought with a price, Jesus’s own blood shed on the cross of calvary, and because the Holy Spirit resides in us, our bodies are the temple of God. Any sin we commit with our bodies as believers is directly a sin against God and this is not acceptable to God. We therefore have to be good custodians of our bodies and Paul warns us severely against sexual immorality. I pray that God will protect us as His children from falling into the sins of the Corinthian believers and keep us faithful till the end.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    I was actually studying these passages earlier this week. Believers sueing each other is soo wrong, but it happens. I think many believers are unread in the scriptures, and as such fall into this trap. But like the police officer who pulls you over for an illegal action, saying you were not aware of the law is not an excuse. As for sexual immorality in Gods church, I love reading Colossians 3. When new believers who are just getting started say where now, that is a chapter I read with them. God Bless Brother. Happy weekend
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim
      Thank you for your comment. Yes, the conditions/expectations of our faith totally counter what’s acceptable to the world and we are often at loggerheads with the word because it doesn’t seem to fit into our present paradigm. I am being taught day by day of what the Lord wants and expects of me and am glad it’s a message a day and not all at one go. You have a wonderful weekend and I await your response on that email you sent out 🙂
      Vineet

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