Scripture: 1 Corinthians 5-8. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The believers in Corinth were struggling with their environment and the sinfulness around them. They were surrounded with corruption and many sins, feeling the pressure to adapt. When Paul learned of the peoples’ struggles, he wrote a letter to address their issues and answer their questions. Paul was letting the people know that they should live like they believe, which is very important. Follow along as we read 1 Corinthians 5-8, learning about the disorder in the church, lawsuits among believers, sexual immorality, and instructions on Christian marriage and freedom!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Paul was letting the people know that they had the responsibility to maintain the standards of morality that was found in God’s commandments. God does tell us not to judge others; however, he also does not want us to tolerate disgraceful sin. We should always encourage and pray for one another, but we cannot be tolerant of sin that can ruin the spiritual health of our churches. Paul points out that we are not to disassociate with unbelievers, but, rather, tell them about God’s wonderful gift of salvation. We, as believers, come from all different types of backgrounds who sometimes struggle with evil desires. Each of us can have our lives completely changed by Jesus. Sexual immorality is everywhere around us. God wants to protect us from damaging ourselves and other people around us, and He offers to fill us with His wants for our lives. Paul believed, just as Jesus believes, that marriage is to be permanent. Whether we are married or single, we should strive to be content in our situations and focus on our Heavenly Father to help us with our issues in this world. God wants us to love Him and to love others; we are to model Him by showing love to everyone around us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of 1 Corinthians, and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.