Daily Archives: October 11, 2018
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Dealing With a Case of Incest
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? 3 For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. 4 So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 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. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked person from among you.”
Keep It Clean | Marianne Toovey
1 Corinthians 5:12-13
Christians aren’t called to judge the non-believers, that’s God’s job. But we are called to judge those who claim to be believers but live a sinful lifestyle unrepentantly. My Bible notes indicate the purpose of this is to maintain the high moral standards of the Christian community.
I remember a commentary before one of the songs on my “Jesus Freak” cd by DC Talk that said the leading cause of atheism in this culture is Christians. That struck a cord with me because it’s really true. There are so many out there who claim Jesus as their savior but don’t live a lifestyle to back that up. It makes us look bad, and it makes God look unappealing. I can see why Paul was so concerned about keeping it clean. We should still be following his advice even today. But if I want to see change in this world, I have to be that change. Am I living a life that reflects what I believe?
God, I pray that my life reflects my beliefs and that those around me can see it. I pray that You open the eyes of the believers who are blind to their sinful lifestyles. I pray You help us as a community to keep it clean, to be a positive impact on society. Please give me the courage and wisdom to follow Paul’s advice. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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