Things Gone Wrong Can Be Discipline
Our Sinful Nature – Part 2
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:1-12
Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 5:5
…hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
Take time to read the Scripture Reading from yesterday’s and today’s devotional. It is a powerful illustration of God’s discipline for members of His church family. Here are highlights.
First, the man caught in sin was a member of the Corinthian church as well as God’s family. Our Key Verse tells us this because Paul talks about him being “saved on the day of the Lord.” In 1 Corinthians 5:1, the apostle wrote that this type of sexual immorality does not even occur among the pagans. These two references lead us to believe this man was a Christian and a member of the Corinthian church.
Please note that belonging to the church made this man knowledgeable, thus responsible for his behavior. When we go against a known will and desire of God, it is sin and God disciplines us (James 4:17).
Next, take note of the overall goal of God’s discipline: to save us from eternal destruction.
God’s discipline may seem harsh or mean, but that is never in the heart of God. He wants us free of all sin because sin destroys the good in this life and our next life as well.
When life goes wrong and you realize that God has been speaking to you about a questionable behavior, slow down and listen. God is trying to save you from a life of regret and an eternity without Him. Receive His discipline and be glad He cares enough to get involved in your spiritual journey!
Father, thank You, thank You, thank You for saving my soul and for Your continued work to make me whole and holy! In Jesus’s Name, amen.