Hey guys! So while I was reading today I just kept thinking “WOW the Bible is KILLING it today.” Its kind of a tough subject for me to write about because I just really don’t know what to say or where to begin. That being said, here goes.
So chapter 4 starts out talking about how man should see us (Christians) as servants of Christ. A servant does just as his master tells him therefore we should do what God tells us to do and what we feel led to do by the Holy Spirit.
Verse 3 goes into how we shouldn’t worry about mans judgement of us. In response to that we also should not judge other Christians or other people in general because only God knows a persons true heart.
4:20-21 “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?”
So often I think that I, personally, forget that I need to do more than just talk about the Kingdom of God, that I need to live it out. I forget how powerful the Kingdom really is. I really love verse 21. God is going to come in love not in vengeance!
My favorite part in chapter 5 was verse 4 “When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present.”
Granted this is a bit out of context just the words “I am with you in sprit” and “the power of our Lord Jesus is present” gives me peace. Jesus is always there with us no matter the situation and He is always with us in spirit and I love that!
When I got to chapter 6 where Paul begins talking about sexual immorality is when I just started going crazy! I mean Paul really nailed it!
6:12 “‘Everything is permissible for me’-but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’- but I will not be mastered by anything.”
For me this is really just a good reminder. Just because I have access to everything doesn’t mean that it is good for me. It definitely means that I should not be controlled by it.
6:13 “‘Food for the stomach and the stomach for food’- but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”
I just kind of see this as like my body is meant to do God’s work and to serve him and the Lord will guide us in what he wants us to do.
6:15 “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself?”
I have heard it say on many separate occasions that the church is supposed to be the body of Christ. This verse just kind of put that into a different perspective for me. The church is the body but more than that we are a part of Christ himself. The church and Christ combine.
6:17-20 “But he who united himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit. Free from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do 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; you were bough at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
These three chapters were just kind of hitting me and just like turning on lightbulbs in my head for things I never understood before. When we accept Christ into our lives we unite with Him and in that we become one with Him. So when we sin sexually we aren’t just sinning against God we are sinning against ourselves. I love that our bodies are the temple of the Holy spirit, that our bodies are not our own but they are His!
I have to say my very favorite verse of the entire days reading was without a doubt the end of verse 19 into verse 20. “You are not your own ; you were bought at a price.”
My life and my body are not mine. They are God’s. He loves me unconditionally and He bought me! He wanted me! He fights for me! I am His and He is mine!!! And nothing makes me more grateful and joyful than that.
Hope you all enjoyed! Have a great rest of your day!