TODAYS BIBLE READING:
1 Corinthians 4:1-7:40
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Pastor Sylvia Laughlin (15 minutes)
NOV 19, 2023
DAY 323 IN THE APP
A FEW THOUGHTS...
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, "Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." Though many would prefer to consider themselves responsible for themselves and that their actions don't really affect anyone, even if no one else on earth sees, when involved in sexual immorality we are inviting the Holy Spirit to participate in and view every action we are involved in. Paul says in Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." We who are in Christ cannot remove Him when we want to. He is with us in every secluded place: every closed door, every darkened house, every quiet and remote place. In Jesus' beautiful prayer in John 17, He prays to the Father and speaks of us future believers in verses 20-26, and in many ways, He speaks that we are one with each other, and one with Him as He is one with the Father. In John 17:20-21, we read, "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be One in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."
It has been said that 60% of evangelical Christians are involved in internet pornography. If 60% are involved, that means that many in our church are involved. I know that accountability software exists where if one were to sign on to a site another person would be alerted which would serve as a deterrent and also make a friend available to help, like exists in AA for those who struggle with alcohol; would be wonderful if this concept was made available in the church. We can shake our heads and point our fingers outside at others, but Paul's warnings made so long ago are as real today within the church. As Joseph did with Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39, when confronted with sexual sin, he did not debate her, consider it, defend his position, etc., he fled from her. Paul issues the same warning, "Flee sexual immorality".
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
No God but Me thou shalt adore, I am thy God alone.
No image frame to box before, but idols all dethrone.
God’s glorious name take not in vain, for be revered He will.
His sacred Sabbath don’t profane, mind it is holy still.
To parents render due respect, this may thy life prolong.
All murder shun and malice check, to no man’s life do wrong.
From thoughts of whoredom base abstain, from words and actions vile.
Shun theft and all unlawful gain, nor gather wealth by guile.
False witness flee, and slandering spite, nor wilful lies invent.
Don’t covet what’s thy neighbor’s right, nor harbor discontent.