Today’s Reading | 1 Corinthians 5
Dealing With Sin
There was sin in the church in Corinth and, not only were they not dealing with it, but they were proud that they were tolerant of people’s sin and were not judgmental towards them. They patted themselves on the back as though it was to their credit that the guilty party felt no shame. They felt that ignoring his sin was better than dealing with it out in the open. Paul wrote that this response is wrong. First, the Corinthians response to sin did not help the person come to see his sin as wrong before God. By not confronting it, they led him to believe he was fine and his sin was not a problem. Secondly, their response was wrong because it would allow sin to spread throughout the church. Others would assume that they could engage in this kind of behavior. Sin in our churches cannot be tolerated or ignored. We must lovingly confront it, and, if there is no repentance, we must take a stand for the sake of the one sinning, as well as for the church. It may not be easy, but it must be done. There is too much at stake! Is there sin in your life you have not admitted to God and then confessed? Is there sin in the life of one you care about? How will you respond to this passage of Scripture?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?