Today is the regularly scheduled “Catch Up” day for the fourth week of October. If needed use it to go back and cover some readings where you may have fallen behind—it happens. Otherwise, below are some thoughts for your consideration for today from this week’s readings.
1. Certainly one of the great values of the 1 Corinthian letter is the insight it provides for spiritual formation. Here is a group of Christians being addressed who are in need of correction, instruction, guidance, repentance, and growth. Paul provides the words whereby these may all be accomplished. The fact that they are addressed as Christians and yet have many shortcomings and failings is no justification for their weakness, spiritual immaturity, and mistakes. Where they are in their understanding and behavior and where they could and should be are clear. Will those changes happen? Will the learning take place? Will repentance come? Will these Christians grow and their spiritual lives develop? That, indeed is the question.
2. It is of great benefit that we see not only Paul’s answers to the questions posed to him, but we also see the way he approaches the questions. For instance when asked about the propriety of a Christian eating meats that had been a part of a heathen sacrifice, he doesn’t just approach it from the vantage point of whether it is right or wrong. There are other factors to consider. That one may have a right to do a thing, does not make it right to do so. What about the impact of one’s actions on another Christian whose understanding and maturity may not be as great as it could be?
3. First Corinthians 13 is a favorite of people “in love.” It’s a common text read in wedding ceremonies and has been the fodder for many discussions in marital counseling settings. All of these are quite appropriate. But, that is not the primary focus of this great chapter. Instead, the point is the love that all Christians are to have for each other. This is not a love reserved for the strong emotions between individuals of the opposite sex. This not for a limited few, but for every one, without exception. We are to love each other the way this incomparable text bears out.
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