WEDNESDAY November 22, 2017
Destroy the Flesh, Save the Spirit
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. - 1 Corinthians 5:4-5
Paul instructed the church that this erring brother, who was sleeping with his step-mother, needed to be excommunicated until he repented. Just as parents must discipline their children in love, so the local church needs to be able to discipline a brother or sister in sin––fully and completely.
We are living in the gutter today––living lives of sin. The thoughts and imaginations of men are so corrupt. Sexual immorality happens both in the church and outside the church. I am shocked over the things I have seen and heard in the church. It is causing problems everywhere we go!
However, church discipline is not a group of pious policemen out to catch a criminal. Rather, it is a group of broken-hearted brothers and sisters seeking to restore an erring member in the family of God. When there is true repentance, we want to restore that person and bring them back into the fold––not throw them out.
Men and women can fall spiritually when tempted with sex, but they can also fall into sin with money or pride. Seriously, there are so many things in this world to entrap them. I understand there is no one perfect person in the church, but human imperfection should never be an excuse for sin.
You can tell when a person is sincere when they repent, because they are mournful over what they have done. You can see their hearts––they come to church broken. Do you need to come before the Lord broken and mournful over your sin?
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— these, O God, You will not despise.
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