Don’t Overlook Your Own Immorality

Don’t Overlook Your Own Immorality

I wrote to you in a letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. I did not mean the immoral people of this world or the greedy and swindlers or idolaters; otherwise you would have to leave the world. But actually, I wrote you not to associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister and is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or verbally abusive, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside? God judges outsiders. Remove the evil person from among you. (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

God doesn’t want any immorality to reside within His church. God is holy and calls us to holiness. This does not mean we don’t associate with sinners, for we are all sinners. Neither does it mean that we don’t show grace. God is gracious and merciful and calls us to be merciful also. But when a brother or sister chooses to live in open rebellion and refuses to repent of his or her sin, the church needs to respond. We should first call them to repentance, but if this fails, Paul instructs us to no longer associate with them.

But now, allow me to make this principle personal. In the same way that the church should not tolerate rebellion and willful evil among its members, you should not tolerate rebellion and willful evil within your soul. Paul instructed the Corinthians to judge the immoral man who was sleeping with his father’s wife so that the man might repent and not fall under eternal judgment. You ought to judge yourself now so that you can repent now and not fall under eternal condemnation. Sin is sin, no matter who commits it. And God does not overlook sin. God is holy and must hold sin to account. In his mercy, God has provided a means for your salvation in Christ. Through Jesus, you can confess your sins and be forgiven. Through the work of the Holy Spirit within us, you can be cleansed of your sins and begin to live a holy life. Therefore, if you are living in Christ, you will not fall under final condemnation. But you cannot overlook your sin. You must deal with it, just as Paul instructed the Corinthians to deal with the immoral man.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for providing a means for me to deal with my sins now so that I will not fall under future condemnation. Let your Holy Spirit convict me of whatever sin resides within. Show me what my sins are so that I might repent. Let your Holy Spirit work within me so that I might learn the ways of holiness.