The people of Corinth were quite lost. Some members of the congregation were having quite a good time sinning and it was as if the rest simply looked the other way. A child and stepmother were living together as husband and wife. Another man was sexually promiscuous and so many others were also very immoral. Paul said it couldn’t continue. The evil had to be eradicated. Even the non-believers were starting to talk about these wrongdoings.
One of the biggest problems in our lives is that we don’t always know where to draw the line between good and evil. The glasses with which we look at evil are so hazy that we cannot distinguish clearly between what is right and what is wrong. In the world everybody is running after ‘anything goes’ and we justify it so easily. We have become so used to life in the world that what is wrong starts looking right. Eventually, it doesn’t even bother us anymore, because it feels so right.
Each one of us can list things in our own lives that are not according to the will of God, but for one reason or another we succeed in making a space for those things. We look away from the negative impact it has and simply ignore the warning signs.
I think we’re too afraid to look. We’re afraid of the impact it will have on our lives if we have to dig it out and get rid of it. We’re afraid that we’re going to lose something or someone. We’re afraid of being marginalised. We’re afraid of being alone on the outskirts of life. Therefore, we look past it and pretend it doesn’t exist. This is precisely what these people in the church of Corinth did. They simply looked away from the ones having fun with sin.
But what you don’t realise is that it has a negative impact on your life and as a result you miss out on a whole bunch of God’s blessings for you. Therefore, if you are serious about being a child of God and you want to live according to His will, you have to be serious about what is not right. You know what it is. It’s been bothering you for a long time.
Fortunately, there is some consolation: 4… deal with it in the authority of Jesus our Master.
It may look like a mountain to you. Maybe you just want to pull a blanket over it all and get on with your life, because it’s just too difficult to dig it out. It probably feels impossible to do. But it is possible. God will give you the power to do it. God will never leave you alone. God will give you the power to pluck out those weeds from your life. God will guide you to do the right thing.
Therefore, there won’t be a hole in your life when you pull out the weeds. No, God promises to help you fill the hole with the right things. Where something has always held you back in the past and hampered you, new actions will now come to the fore and give you power and energy, actions that you and God can be proud of.
Like a handbrake being let go you will run forward into life with joy and you will sow peace. God helped you get rid of all the wrong stuff in your life. Now you live according to God’s will again. Life is different, because you are different.
What is the sin inside you?
Do you believe that God will give you the power to pull it out?
Where do you have to start?
1 Corinthians 5:1-5
Father, I know where the things are that troubles me. I want to get rid of each and every one. I know You don’t want it there either. Thank You for Your promise to help me with this. I want to start working on it right now. I look forward to getting rid of anything that holds me back. Amen