The commentary in my Bible for this chapter mirrored my thoughts and phrased them better than I probably could’ve, so I’ll share them below:
“Paul was dealing with an ongoing problem in the Corinthian church. He could have refused to communicate until they cleared up the situation, but he loved them and reached out to them again with the love of Christ. Love means that sometimes we must confront those we care about. Both authority and personal concern are needed in dealing with people who are ruining their lives with sin. But there are several wrong approaches in confronting others, and these can further break relationships rather than heal them. We can be legalistic and blast people away with the laws they should be obeying. We can turn away from them because we don’t want to face the situation. We can isolate them by gossiping about their problem and turning others against them as well. Or, like Paul, we can seek to build relationships by taking a better approach-sharing, communicating, and caring. This is a difficult approach that can drain us emotionally, but it is the best way for other people, and it is the only Christlike way to deal with other’s sin.” (NLT Study Bible Commentary pg. 1643)
Which way do you tend to deal with other people’s sin? Legalism, avoidance, gossip or healthy communication?
Is there someone in your life you need to approach? First, drench those thoughts in prayer. Secondly, check the motive. For me, I know there is a godly motive behind it when it’s rooted in love and well-being, free of my personal agenda, bitterness and anger.
Tomorrow, we will be starting a new book! We are going to read through the minor prophets, starting in Micah. (Then Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.)
Bethany and I got together this weekend (over Taco Bell, naturally) and were looking back on our time reading Scripture together over the years. For a second, I felt proud of myself. I have very few regular disciplines in my life (again, the Taco Bell), and I am happy that reading my Bible is one of them. But, it doesn’t matter. It means nothing to habitually read God’s word if you are not applying it to your life and allowing it to change who you are.
So, with that in mind, what were some big take-aways from 1&2 Corinthians? Comment below or share with a friend, spouse or roommate!