Posted by: happytoknowhim | April 28, 2007

I Corinthians 5-8 – BRF

Here we are ready to post another BRF.  The week went by so fast that I can hardly believe it is Saturday already.

I have not found too many things in this weeks reading that I really have not been taught in the past, but many things that I need to put into practice.   Most of our reading so far has been practical instruction, but are difficult to know how to show others these truths in a loving but firm manner.

In chapter 5 Paul is telling the people that they need to get rid of the sin among them.  He tells it like it is.  He tells the people that they are wrong in accepting a brother that is living in continuous sin he says to, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”.  This is not talking about an unsaved man, but a saved man.  What are we concerned with today when we see a brother or sister in the Lord living in sin?  Is it what someone will think of us if we should rebuke another?  Do we just carry on as though it was ok? That’s what the people at Corinth were doing.    I will be the first one to say that I do not find it easy to rebuke another person, but Paul says it is wrong not to confront that person about their sin” that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”.  He says to purge out the old leaven.  A little sin will spread into a big sin.  It is better to stop the sin when it is first showing it’s ugly head than to try to stop it when it has become normal in the sight of the people.  Is it much wonder that we don’t see any evidence of revival in our churches today? How can we expect to see God working and blessing us with revival when we allow sin to reign and not take a stand against it?  We do need to have the right attitude ourselves and purge the known sin out of our own lives before we confront the known sin in others.   If we don’t deal with sin in our lives, we appear to the person that we are confronting to be a hypocrite.

People will say to us that we should not judge others, but that is not what the Bible says.  “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”.  It is so easy to justify ourselves for not rebuking our brother or sister in the Lord by using the verse in Matthew  7:1 “Judge not, that ye be not judged“.  If we ignore a known sin, I have to ask myself how will I be helping to restore this person in the Lord. Galatians  6:1 says, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted”.  The Bible also says that we are capable of falling into sin if we are not careful and consider ourselves too spiritual to ever do such a thing. I Corinthians 10:12, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall”.

In chapter 8, I was reminded again that I need to be careful that I  not cause a new Christian or a Christian that has not yet learned what God’s Word teaches concerning different areas of our lives that are not wrong to do or not to do.  Paul says, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to them that are weak”.  As Christians our lives are on display to the baby Christian as well as before a lost and dying world all the time.  This is a sombering thought.  The unsaved know how a Christian ought to act, talk, and conduct themselves and many are willing to show us our wrong!

I am going to stop here because there is much to consider just in this weeks reading to watch in my own life and take heed to the pitfalls of this world  We have to live in this world but we don’t have to be partakers of the things of this world.  I hope this review made a little sense to all that read it.

Now I am off to read the other reviews:)  Have a great day in the Lord tomorrow:)

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  1. Great review, Barb! Even though I knew what you were going to write since we gabbed about it so much last night 🙂


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