Have you ever been asked to sum up a person in just one word? It is not usually an easy task. However, the Corinthian Christians summed up in one word is very simple-trouble.
In an attempt to appear and feel super-spiritual, they allowed the act of fornication to be present in their congregation with no repercussions or discipline. They probably thought, ‘After all, God is love, so we are going to show love,’ while glorying in their “amazing forgiveness”. It is far easier to allow sin to go unchecked rather than to deal with it properly before the Lord.
When the apostle Paul found out about this horrific situation, he scolded them with this example of how leaven functions – an example that applies to us centuries later.
Glorying and pride are only good if we are glorying in the Lord. When we do not deal with sin, in essence, we are sanctioning it. We must know the danger involved. Just as a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump, unchecked sin in our lives will affect our entire Christian walk. The true reality of sin is that what is done in the closet will be shouted from the rooftop. Consider, what is the point of risking your spiritual life, your testimony, and your ability to serve by living on the edge of sin?
We need to begin each day purging our lives of sin dealing with it head-on. Make it a point each day to remember the sacrifice Christ made for sin on Calvary’s cross. When we consider the cost, we have a much greater chance of avoiding sin. Ask the Lord each morning to help you live in sincerity, purity, and truth. His mercies are new every morning, take hold of them right now.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.