Daily Scripture & Questions
I Corinthians 4-6 Paul points to the arrogance of the Corinthian church a number of times. In chapter four, contrast the way they saw themselves and how the apostles were viewed. In chapter five, there is another display of pride, probably disguised as being accepting and gracious. What blatant sin was the church tolerating? In 5:9-13, the text speaks strongly of discipline within the church. Why is this loving and not mean? Chapter six raises two specific issues: law suits and sexual immorality. In 6:9-11, it makes clear that those who continue to practice such sins and others will not be saved. If someone has truly been saved, then they have been . . . (what in 6:11)?
Family Devotions—Scripture & Questions
Read I Corinthians 4:1-7. Can we really know and judge someone’s heart? Can we judge even our own hearts accurately? Who should we allow to be the judge of our hearts and the motives of others? Does this mean that we shouldn’t hold other people responsible for their actions (methods)? Look at verses 19-21 and see that the apostle Paul was ready to discipline the believers for their actions. In making decisions, what are we not to “go beyond” (see verse 6)? How does this make the study of God’s word so important?
Biblical Prayer Focus
Psalm 21:1-2 “O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults! You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah”
Thank God for five recent answers to prayer. Rejoice that He has given you your heart’s desire. Ask the Lord to so change your heart that they very things He yearns to give you become your very heart’s desire!