March 28, 2018

1 Corinthians 5:6…  Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

            Since Paul is addressing sexual sin in this chapter, it is likely that his reference to leaven is the same thing. Repetitive sin, if it is left unchecked in a church, works like leaven; it spreads and grows. The same could happen in a family or a gathering of any kind. We have probably all heard the saying, “Like father… like son.” Jesus breaks those tendencies. If your dad was an alcoholic, you are free from that addiction in Christ. If he was a sexual deviant, you are not bound by that either. Transversely, if he loved his neighbors well, you are not automatically, a neighbor lover.  You might have that in your DNA but you must receive it in Christ and become all that you are meant to be.

            Our associations do affect us. Parents consider that when thinking about their children. I was not happy about certain of my children’s choices for friends. If a child has no restraints regarding something like drugs, that child is not a good influence. I have heard that when we are under a certain age, we don’t have the brain skills necessary to make wise choices. Whether it  is a matter of lack of brain skills or a lack of God, we can make temporary choices to think better or permanent choices to trust God.

            When you say you trust God, you can’t add anything to that. Like, you can’t follow with, “in this matter.” ‘Trusting God’ is like a blanket that lays over every part of life. That is the essence of “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” It is more than knowing you will apply your whole heart to a given subject; it is knowing your heart is always, in every situation, applied to trusting God.  I speak of a phenomenon, here. It is not just a new way of thinking; it is a new way of living.  When astronauts are to spend an extended time in weightlessness, they are trained in all the basic functions of life.  They have to learn things as basic as going to the bathroom. When we become citizens of heaven, while still on earth, we have to learn all the ways of heaven; it won’t come naturally. Be part of a church that is focused on that task. Unchecked sin, in any form that it takes, is a detriment to spiritual growth.