1 Corinthians 5-6

Are you living like you’re joined to Christ?

As Christians, we are called to live lives set apart and morally different from the rest of the world. Our character should extrude Christlikeness in all that we do. Of course, we’re not perfect and will fail, but that should be the overall trajectory of our lives. Unfortunately, this was not the case with the church in Corinth.

In 1 Corinthians 5 & 6, Paul confronted these believers for their lack of morality and spiritual growth. He confronted them in two areas: 1) sexual immorality and their response to it, and 2) their inability to resolve disputes within the body. What takes the cake is that there was one guy in the church having sex with his stepmother. What’s worse is the church was okay with it, celebrating it even. Paul says the unbelievers don’t even condone such nonsense!

To combat this, Paul reminds these believers of their set-apartness in Christ. Yes, we have liberty as Christians, but our liberty should not lead us into sin, but love and further obedience to God. When God rescues us from sin we are joined with Christ’s spirit and the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. That should motivate us to live differently.

As believers, we must confront sin, both personally and within the body. What steps can you take today to further lean on the Holy Spirit as you seek to live a moral and holy life?

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