Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 6. After reading the Chapter, read the following to help you dive deeper into the Chapter. Conclude in Prayer.
In this chapter, St. Paul speaks with the Corinthians about maintaining brotherly love among each other.
“…the apostle rebukes them for breaking brotherly love by resorting to law before unbelievers against one another, for the smallest of matters that the church could sort out. And as the wise Solomon says: “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city. And contentions are like the bars of a castle” (Proverbs 18 :19 ). Taking refuge in brotherly love is better than in a strong city.” –Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
Think of the matters in your everyday life that cause division between you and another. Write down examples. How do these matters weigh against keeping the strong city of love upright as a refuge for us? “Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?” (v.7)
WHAT MAKES CHRISTIANS DIFFERENT
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom ofGod.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
“Paul is not here giving a short list of particular sins but calling all to repentance.” CHRYSOSTOM
“Paul did not say this because the Corinthians did not know it already. He was rather reawakening their reverence for the divine commandment and bringing them closer to readiness for the kingdom of heaven.” AMBROSIASTER
Look at the sins St. Paul mentions in verses 9 and 10. Are there any sins you do without thinking twice? Think about your life on a broad scale. How much reverence have you lost for the divine commandment? Let the Holy Spirit convict you to repentance and a fresh start.
THE BODY AS A TEMPLE FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
“He who is bought has no right to make his own decisions; that will be up to the one who bought him. We, having been bought at such a very high price, it is befitting of us to serve our Lord the more; lest by dishonoring Him who set us free, we would fall again into death.” AMBROSIASTER
“Dear Lord, forgive me for the trivial things in my daily life that allow me to be divided with my brothers and sisters. Help me to live by Your divine commandment of love and to have awe and fear for Your words. Help me to submit all my will to You, so that You may live through me. Amen.”
Posted on Fri, January 27, 2017
by Mathew Shehata