Today’s been a day of thought and reflection as I’ve read the word of God, so I’d like to share some of those thoughts with you.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he writes:

Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?

1 Corinthians 5:6 (NIV)

This is why we never want to give the devil a foothold in our lives. When we sin we can’t be comfortable with it. When we allow ourselves to become comfortable with any sin in our lives then, like the yeast, it can work through all of our being adding more and more sin. There’s a difference between accepting the grace of God and His forgiveness when we sin and presumptuous sin. We know God will forgive us when we sin. However, if we deliberately sin, knowing God will forgive us, then we have a problem. King David writes of two types of sin in Psalm 19.

But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful [presumptuous] sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. In the same way, when we give in to the Spirit, it can go through our being to cleanse us.

Psalm 19:12-13 (NIV)

The two types of sin here are unintentional or unknown sin and presumptuous or willful sin. We all have sin in our lives we know nothing about. With this type of sin, we’re comfortable and thankful for God’s grace, not the sin. We acknowledge that there is this type of sin in our lives and we ask God to help us and remove it. When we first get saved there’s a lot of sin we don’t know about that the Holy Spirit reveals to us. When He reveals it to us then we can turn from it. When we don’t, it becomes a presumptuous sin.

Before I was saved I used to marvel at the Catholic gangsters in movies. These guys would go off and commit all sorts of crimes that they knew were wrong and then go to confession and then do them again. Anytime we have the option to sin before us and choose to sin instead of turning away we’re committing presumptuous sin.

When we’re comfortable with the willful sin in our lives, then I believe, the unintentional sin threshold in our lives increases. For example, someone has gotten on your last nerve, and the choice comes up to A) Give them a piece of your mind or B) Be silent and ask God to help you. You chose option A and let them have it knowing God will forgive you. Heck, you might even say, in your mind before you say that thing, “God forgive me!” Later on, you’re driving home, and someone cuts you off on the freeway. Before you know it, you’re calling them some horrible name, much to your surprise.

Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

James 1:15 (NIV)

The church of Corinth was also strife with issues between Believers.

The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?

1 Corinthians 6:7 (NIV)

Many years ago, I had a situation with another Believer who did the wrong thing. As much as I tried in my own strength, I couldn’t see past the offense and the disaster I saw that resulted from the wrong-doing. Another friend of mine asked me the question, “Is it better to be right or to be loved?” I must confess, at the time, that what he asked me sounded like some new age thing. I chose to be right because I was right. However, my choice to be right instead of loving my brother brought such heartache and confusion into my life that I left that church.

We should make every effort to live at peace with one another. If we are wronged, does the wrong go away by walking in the right, holding onto the offense? We cannot hold onto love and offense at the same time. Over the years, I’ve come to realize we can be right and walk in the offense without love, or we can choose to forgive the wrong and walk in love.

Love doesn’t keep track of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5).

Paul brought up a great point to the Corinthians about who we all used to be before we were in Christ.

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV)

By reminding the Corinthians who they were before they were in Christ, Paul is reminding them of the redemptive power of God. So, when I read this list of those who won’t be inheriting the kingdom of God, I see a list of hope, because God can deliver the worst of us. No matter what we once were, we are now brothers and sisters in Christ. No one is beyond salvation!

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.