Scripture for the month:
1 Corinthians 6: 1-12 (KJV)
'Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.9. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
Brothers and sisters, each of us has the God-given right to live our lives however we choose but with that freedom comes the duty and responsibility to live in accordance with God’s moral standards not the world’s. Our society tells us the moral standards in the Bible are old-fashioned and no longer applicable in America today but God reminds us, ‘the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God’. The mistake of the Corinthian church and society was they agreed with Christian morals as 'good' but did not use them as the rule of their lives. We shouldn’t make the same mistake. God has given to all men and women rights which we can forfeit by doing wrong. Among them are the equality of all people, the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness, the right to live our lives anyway we choose and the duty and responsibility to live in relationship with God, in fellowship, in mutual respect and love for one another and in submission to God’s morals and ethics.
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