Join us as we focus each day for nine weeks on a different part of 1 Corinthians 13.
Thursday: It is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.
Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? 1 Corinthians 5:6
Read: 1 Corinthians 5:6-10
Listen: 1 Corinthians 5
Paul uses a cooking metaphor to compare the effects of yeast when making bread to the impact of disobedience in one’s life and the church. A little bit of yeast spreads through a whole batch of dough. In the same way, when you introduce a bit of repeated disobedience, it doesn’t compartmentalize well. It will spread and affect the whole community.
Instead of allowing that to happen, Paul says to get rid of this yeast and be the new unleavened batch that they are. Paul is telling them to get this spirit of disobedience out of their midst. They are no longer who they were before Christ met them, so don’t go back to that way of living. They have already been washed clean. When they surrender their brokenness individually and as a church, they put on display the love and power of Jesus.
We need this reminder today too. Watch this video clip as Pastor Aaron Buer talks about the symbolism of baptism and what it tells us about who we are. We are no longer who we were; we have been washed clean. We have the same challenge as the church in Corinth. We are called to get rid of the old yeast in our lives and live out of our new identity. We are each called to be the new unleavened batch because that is who we really are.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Today, we want to remember who we really are. Spend a few minutes in a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving that God has made you clean. Thank him that he meets us even when we are living in disobedience and that he washes us clean. Ask him to give you the strength to put on display the love and transformational power of Jesus.
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