It's Day 23 and we're in 1 Corinthians 5.
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verses 9-12 - We reverse this so often: we are quick to judge those outside the church and quick to excuse sin within the church. We need to recognize that the world is doing what you would expect them to do in their condition: sinning. (That doesn't excuse it, but it shouldn't surprise us.) We need to also recognize that God has called us to have high spiritual expectations for each other within the church and push each other in that direction.
- Verse 3 - "passed judgment" - This throws some people off because all they reference about Christians and judgment is the Sermon on the Mount's "Do not judge, or you too will be judged" (Matthew 7:1-5). They don't read the rest of the verses: Jesus immediately uses the example of getting the plank out of your eye so that you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. That's an act of judgment and discernment - seeing what's wrong and helping him remove it. See also John 7:24 - "Do not judge by appearance, but judge with a righteous judgment." See also all the passages in Paul's writing that speak of church discipline. We are not to be callously or hypocritically judgmental, but we have to use judgment and discernment in our Christian lives.
- Verse 5 - This is the act of asking God to remove the "hedge of protection" that normally a Christian would have against Satan. It is, essentially, asking God to allow this Christian to experience the consequences of his sin in the hope that it will lead him to repentance.
- Verse 6 - A little bit of pride can puff up a whole church.
- Verse 7 - He's telling them, "Throw out the old way of thinking where you think you're really something spiritually and bring in a new understanding of how everything you have spiritually is through the power of Christ."
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