It's Day 24 and we're in 1 Corinthians 6.One reason to be in the Bible regularly? It cuts through the clutter. We are surrounded by tons of information, but so much of it is essentially irrelevant to a meaningful life. The Bible speaks to the issues that matter.
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 19 - An amazing thought: we have been made into the dwelling place of God. The Holy Spirit taking up residence within us.
- Verses 2-3 - "saints will judge the world" - This might mean that Christ will allow us to assist him in Final Judgment (perhaps by offering testimony of what we saw and heard in this life) or that on the New Earth we will rule (an alternate meaning for the Greek word for "judge") with Him.
- Verse 7 - It's scary to think how far away this thinking is away from our normal way of operating. That doesn't speak well for us. Paul basically says we'd be better off being wronged that suing a fellow Christian.
- Verses 12-13 - In Christ I have liberty - there is not a narrow list of "you can do" and "you can't do." I am to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. However, the fact that I have freedom on many issues doesn't mean that exercising that freedom would always be spiritually beneficial.
- Verse 15 - Because the Holy Spirit has taken up residence within us (see verse 19), we have become a temple of God. If we have sex with a prostitute, there is something about the physicalness of that sin that makes it worse than normal.
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Your Questions and Comments:
- "I Corinthians 5 - I know so many Christians who have adopted the 'do not judge' agenda, no matter what the situation or circumstances. And maybe the word 'judge' sounds too harsh; several Bible translations use the word 'discern'. Could it be that we choose to not judge (discern) someone because we're afraid of being judged ourselves? 'Well, they have no room to talk, look at what they're doing!' Could it be that we're lazy? It takes a lot of effort to approach someone about a fault. We need to pray about it first, maybe even read up on scriptures concerning the issue; take the time to approach that person one-on-one and not just talk about it (gossip) to whoever crosses our path; and be prepared to not be received with a thankful attitude."