Today is another reflection day in our schedule.
A verse from the past week’s reading that has me thinking is 1 Corinthians 5:12. After chastising the church at Corinth for tolerating sin within the assembly, Paul writes to them;
“For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?”
We are not to judge people who are outside the church. That’s the Lord’s job. However, as we are called to holy living together in the church, we are indeed required to measure one another. When one of us is in sin, that person is wounding the body. When one of us is in sin, there is impurity in the body.
When I get a cut and it is dirty, I scrub it to get any source of infection out. Then, I put an antiseptic on it and a bandage so it will not get infected or further injured. If an infection develops, I seek medical attention. To be healthy, any invading, dangerous microbes need to be confronted, eliminated and expelled. The same applies to sin when it infects the church. Consider 1 Corinthians 5:13;
“God will judge those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””
The Lord calls us to a double standard. Sinners outside the church are just doing what sinners do. Do not pass judgment upon them. But Christians in sin are people we love who Jesus has saved – and they are in trouble. So we judge their sin and do our best to drive it away. This is really difficult for the Church to do well, and requires wisdom, prayer, love and gentleness. But we must do it. We do it for love’s sake and for Christ’s sake.
in Him, Mike