1 Corinthians 13

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Love is patient and kind

– 1 Corinthians 13:4

For about the last 3 or 4 months I’ve been stuck on these 5 words. Or rather, these two attributes of agape love. In my dealings with others I want to display a love that is patient and kind. Sadly, I know that these are not always the qualities that flow out from me.

“Lord help me to be as You are… patient and kind.”

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1 Corinthians 12

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But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.

– 1 Corinthians 12:18

Whether we think it so or not, each of us have a place within the body of Christ, wherein He has purposefully placed us. Though you feel insignificant, Christ determined that you would be where you are and has gifted you for His purposes and plans.

Seek to understand where He has placed you and why.

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1 Corinthians 11

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Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.

– 1 Corinthians 11:1

In this life I will never perfectly imitate Christ. But as we strive to do so, we should seek to be imitatable in our imitation of Christ.

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1 Corinthians 10

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Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.

– 1 Corinthians 10:12

We must guard our hearts continually from the destructive disease of pride. Therefore, take heed.

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1 Corinthians 9

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But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

– 1 Corinthians 9:27

Every human being has a body, a soul and a spirit. Because of sin our souls are captive to the whims, appetites and desires of our bodies (i.e. our flesh). When we are born-again by the Spirit of God, our spirits are now alive to live for and after the things that are pleasing to God. But our flesh still wars against our spirits, and our spirits against the flesh so that we do not do the things that we (spiritually) desire to do.

To experience spiritual victory and live for those things that are pleasing to God and ultimately satisfying to us, we must discipline our bodies to bring them under the control of our spirits. This death to self is hard. Impossible in fact, if it were not for the Spirit of God living within.

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 8

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But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.

– 1 Corinthians 8:9

This is one of the most practical exhortations as it relates to disputed practices for Christians. In our day the most notable (disputed practice) would likely be that of alcohol consumption.

The Bible does not explicitly forbid alcohol, though it does condemn drunkenness. Therefore, many have and do defend their liberty, in Christ, to partake of it. But such a liberty must always be exercised with a measure of caution, so as to not deliberately cause a weaker individual to stumble.

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1 Corinthians 7

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Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

– 1 Corinthians 7:2

The only acceptable place for sexual expression is in the confines of a marriage between a man and a woman. Yes, that has recently become a politically incorrect statement. Who would have ever imagined. But though it be politically incorrect it is Biblically true and morally right.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 6

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And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

– 1 Corinthians 6:11

When considering the sinful church at Corinth, there is a danger of slipping into a high-minded self-righteousness. That is especially true when we look down our noses at the sinful world around us, openly practicing every lawless deed imaginable. But Paul reminds us, “and such were some of you.” Thankfully, we’ve been pardoned by Christ and are in the process of being purified by His grace.

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1 Corinthians 5

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It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife!

– 1 Corinthians 5:1

There were some serious problems in the Corinthian church! Sin so shameful it would make non-Christians blush. And while it might be easy to point the finger of judgment at the Christians at Corinth, in so many ways we are no different.

At the end of the day we are all in desperate need of God’s transforming power in our lives. Additionally though, as 1 Corinthians 5 makes very clear, we cannot turn a blind eye to blatant, unrepentant sin within our churches. Such things must be removed; forcefully at times. Or, “do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?”

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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1 Corinthians 4

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Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

– 1 Corinthians 4:2

Paul considered himself, and desired to be known as a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God (1 Corinthians 4:1). As an aside, Paul comments that faithfulness is the standard of success (and actually the requirement) for stewards of God. This is what God looks for in His servants, faithfulness.

Frankly, this is the number 1 thing that I am watching for when seeking future leaders in our church. Ability varies. Availability is important. But reliability and dependability are essential.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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