Day 181/260: Read 1 Corinthians 5
Modern society revels in tolerance, and many religious bodies have bowed to the world’s cries for tolerance. Activities and lifestyles that are clearly deemed sinful, unrighteous, and unnatural in the Scriptures are accepted by “tolerant, loving people.”
Paul addressed a group of people who were tolerant of sin in the first century. The church at Corinth had one in their midst who was in a relationship with his father’s wife. How did the church react to this situation? “And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.”
There was no repentance, no sorrow for the sin committed, and the church as a whole were not confronting the situation. Paul warned, “Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?”
Yes, God’s grace is grand and His mercy is abundance, but He will not tolerate open rebellion. He “commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). When sin enters the house of God, it must be dealt with. “Deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)
1 Corinthians 6:20. For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Pray for purity among God’s people, starting with yourself. Identify sin in your life and pray for God’s help through His Word to escape it and defeat it.