Friday, March 16, 2018

Year 8, Day 75: 1 Corinthians 6

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There are two thoughts in this chapter.  The first is Paul’s critique of the way that the Corinthians resolve conflict.  The Corinthians have been taking one another to court.  Paul doesn’t mind that the Corinthians are trying to resolve their struggles.  What he does mind is that people are voluntarily allowing the wisdom of the world to govern over them.  They are allowing worldly logic to dictate right and wrong.

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t believe that Paul is saying that the world is incapable of good logic.  What Paul is saying is that those of us who follow God should be capable of sound logic and righteous truth.  We should have elders in the church who are just as capable of pronouncing justice fairly and honorably as the world.  In fact, we should have people who are more capable.

The other topic that Paul talks about here is that we should avoid sexual immorality.  So much can happen to us when we allow our sexual impulses drive our thinking.  We make poor choices.  We let things influence us that shouldn’t.  We allow ourselves to become slaves to passion.  We develop unsustainable intimate relationships with people.

Of course, this doesn’t even look at the spiritual aspects.  When we succumb to fleshly desires we create conflict between the flesh and the spirit.  We bind ourselves to other flesh and create more conflict between that flesh and the spirit.

The reality is that sexual immorality creates many problems within us.  It pulls us away from God.  It makes it harder to seek righteousness and justice.  As Paul says, we should flee from it because it is not just an external sin but a sin that quickly seeps within and affects us from within, too.