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 gives a list of those who are to be set aside from participating in the congregation. The leaders of the church in Corinth had written to Paul, who had founded their church, to ask him for his guidance in handling these most difficult matters. Why would Paul be so strict?
He gives the answer by referring to bad leaven, or yeast, which spreads throughout the dough…just like sin, left unchecked, that eventually infects the whole loaf, the church, the family, the individual life, and even the life of our country. Sexual promiscuity is one of the areas Paul had to deal with in Corinth…and it's certainly continues to be a huge issue in today's world. May God help us to follow His design for our sexuality…between a man and a woman in a lifelong marriage covenant.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, we're well aware that sin is not just those actions mentioned in Paul's lists. We think of Your Word that says, "To know to do good and to not do it, to him it is sin." Anything less than Your perfect plan for the human family is sin. We ask for Your constant forgiveness and cleansing in our lives. In Your Holy Name we pray. Amen!
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