I love the way God neatly links up everything in our lives. I wrote, only yesterday, about the pervasiveness and dominance of sin (purely off the back of my own concerns at that time) and what I am charged with studying today?
1 Corinthians 5:1-6 which discusses the manner in which sin works – the very topic I was spending much time thinking about. Amazing! Getting to the verses at hand the actual problem mentioned is secondary of nature, despite being important (of course), its why it is a problem that is the key point of these verses.
Sin, and the way it can quickly grow, is the real subject. In these verses the fear was such sin becoming accepted as the norm. This is the same problem we face nowadays. Whether it is a community of believers or your own internal struggles the message is still the same.
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?
I notice every single day, with great sadness and pity, how sin works in this manner all around me. Preserving our faith we need to extract that which would dominate us if left unattended. If you find any such sin amongst you it must be removed.
No one is impervious to sin and it finds ways into our lives every single day. The power of faith is that, although this happens, we recognise it – seek forgiveness for it – and eliminate it. Life becomes a learning process until we reach a point of near perfection in our attempt to live a sinless life.
Like a lot of people I struggle with it. Unlike a lot of people I fight it. Unlike a lot of people I win most of those fights. Those that I don’t win first time I come back in the next round and win it then. Seeing the sin around us is not even half the battle.
See it, fight it, remove it.