Comment of the day from 1/21/11
There is no room for sin! We are to remove the spoiled from the new or the new will become spoiled. We are the body of Christ. Our brothers and sisters actions effect our own actions. Remove yourself from someone ( a brother) who is in sin or you could find yourself under their influence. This sounds so harsh. I have to excommunicate my brother? NO! We must stand in the gap for our brother and follow the Lords example. The Lord loves us but not our sins. He loves the sinner but hates the sin. We must follow his example, I can love you but not be apart of you and your actions. They took the woman who was caught in adultry to be accused and judged by Jesus. Using no words, he convicted the brethren by his writing in the sand. I like to imagine he was listing all the sins of the accusers. They had puffed themselves up to thinking they were above sin. Who knows what he wrote but he showed mercy to the woman and forgave her. God is love. Love from a distance, a self-preservation…perhaps, but I am responsible for my soul. I will be selfish with my salvation! I have to protect it from my own sinnful nature and my brothers. Be Church! Show the love of Christ. Stand in the gap for a brother or sister today!
Day 22 Prayer Focus
Pray for the top ten most populous cities in the world: Shanghai, China (13,831,900), Mumbai, India (13,830,884), Karachi, Pakistan (12,991,000), Delhi, India (12,565,901), Istanbul, Turkey (12,517,664), São Paulo, Brazil (11,037,593), Moscow, Russia (10,508,971), Seoul, South Korea (10,464,051), Beijing, China (10,123,000) and Tokyo, Japan (8,887,608).
1 Corinthians 6
1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
2Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
6But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
7Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
8Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
13Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
14And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
15Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
16What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
17But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
18Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.