July 13, Reading 3 – 1 Corinthians 6

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SAA Notes

In verse 19, the your is again plural – “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.” We put the emphasis on you the individual. Paul puts the emphasis on you plural i.e. the body of Christ. Individual sin taints the whole body of which you are a part. Meditate on verse 11.

SJA Notes

“Why not suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?”

Paul calls on us to behave in a very clear way with our brothers and sisters in God’s church.

Often our skin is very thin with one another, and we bleed easily. Often we are quick to take offence and to seek retribution. Righteous retribution perhaps we think.

Paul points us to the folly of this – With particular focus here on how it meshes with the world around us.

“To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you.”

It’s not an easy passage to read or to accommodate in our thinking.

But the message is clear. Where is our trust? Is it in human justice for a temporal wrong? Or is it in the Eternal God who made us His people where once we were enemies (of our own doing)?

When our trust is in God, then our perspective on suffering, even at the hand of one another, is deepened.

It gives added depth time and again to Jesus’ words on prayer, when we ask God to forgive us our sins – As we forgive those who sin against us.

“Why not suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?”

* God Above,

Thank You for Your love, that You have forgiven us, brought us into Your kingdom.

Please help us each day to be kingdom people.

Please help us to act toward each other in the kingdom with Christ-like attributes and behaviour.

Amen.

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