1 Corinthians Chapter 5
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (v. 7)
"Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." (v. 8)
The sin of lust is accessible more than ever before...to the point of being at our fingertips. But why has sexual immorality been such a growing issue since the fall? Because of our ever-growing desire and need to love and to be loved. But we know that "if purity or sanctity is the eye by which we can behold the Holy One; sexual immorality will dim the eye of the heart, and keep it from beholding God" as Fr. Tadros Malaty noted.
"Keep your body pure, and your heart safel to be able to behold the Lord your God. Love, peace and purity, to be worthy to behold the face of the Lord your God. The way the incense give pleasure to the nose, purity would bring gladness to the Holy Spirit, and let Him come to dwell in man."- Mar Ephram the Syrian
Like St. Paul says in verse 6, "little leaven leavens the whole lump." Have thought about how our individual sins brings corruption to the church of God? Ambrisiaster says "unless that person is isolated, the spirit of the church would not be saved in the day of judgment; because he would be a serious source of contagion. The way the sin of one individual may prove contagious to many if not dealt with on the spot once it is discovered; the sin of many would also be as serious in case it is discovered and not dealt with; or if they pretend not to see it..." Just as we find ourselves needing purification and sanctification, we also purify and sanctify the whole church in the Lord, because we no longer embrace sin and corruption, attaining a life of purity.
Thank you Lord for giving me a chance to live a life of purity and righteousness through You. Thank you for shining light on our wickedness, not to shame us but to cleanse us and to show us the true way. I pray, O Lord, just as you are our Passover, we must live our lives as unleavened bread; that we don't allow leavening to come within us that will defile us. There is nothing on this earth that is carnal that will satisfy me the way you do. I want to be pure for you, to be chaste in my walk with you and to be a holy and sanctified temple for Your dwelling. Amen.
Posted on Fri, January 27, 2017
by Mathew Shehata