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10/29 1 Corinthians 4-6

Paul starts chapter 4 with comments about judging others. What really interested me in this section of scripture is that Paul states that, “I do not even judge myself” and he could care less if someone judges him by human standards.  He has moved beyond that.  Only the Lord can judge him going forward, based on what he does and how he does it.  He knows that his sins have been forgiven.  He has a new life and how he lives it will be the basis for future judgment.  How many times do we stand in judgment of others?  I would dare say, way to many.  Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are doing it.  Judging others that is.  Look how they are dressed.  Look at that car they drive.  For that matter how many times do we judge ourselves harshly?

1So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

Paul finishes up chapter 6 with these instructions:

18Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. 19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Paul reminds us to honor God with our bodies.  The biggest sin in this category is sexual sin.  But I believe there are other things that dishonor God that emanates from the body also.  Luke 6:45 says,  “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” As Christians we need to guard what comes out of our mouth.  Just as the verse says, “You are not your own, you were bought at a price.”

October 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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