Our Church has recently been going through First Corinthians, and Paul uses some strong warnings in chapter five and six, to address some serious issues of sin that were destroying the church community of Corinth. He warns them to avoid sins even listing several examples of sins in verse 9 & 10. Paul also tells them that they should remember they too were caught in the same sins before coming into the love and power of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 6:7-20). The point Paul is trying to make is that when we become believers in Christ, as a part of God’s family we are now responsible to try to live in godly ways with one another. We are responsible to God, and to those with whom we are living our daily lives.
We often get caught up in the “don’ts” of Scripture, as we look at words we view as negative and feel discouraged. All to often we remain like children, who want to do what they are told not to do. Instead we should look at the great number of good things God gives us that we can and should do to be open to His blessing. Paul says clearly in verse 12-13 of this passage that we may have freedom to do things, but we also have responsibility to use and do things so they will never hurt others or ourselves.
Paul also gave strong encouragement about doing right things to one another in Philippians 4:4-9. He encourages us to think on good things, to do good toward one another, and in doing so we will be good witnesses of Christ and encourage one another. This is the way to live in life, as we seek to follow Christ in the community of faith we should do all we can to encourage one another on the journey. We should seek the good of everyone in the decisions and actions we take. We should love in action, as well as kind words. In doing so we will show Jesus to the world, and be responsible for those we are in communion with in our daily walk of faith.
May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus today.