1 Corinthians 13
“4 Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. 5 It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs.”
6 Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. 7 It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.”
– Courtesy NIV Study Bible
When a father disciplines his children, it has to done with this heart. Disciplining our children should never come from a place of anger, hatred, or selfishness.
Paul was doing just that when he confronts the Church in Corinth of it’s sins. Remember that these people were pulled out of a culture that loved: money, drunkenness, and sexual immorality.
Paul warns those who call themselves part of God’s Church:
9 Don’t you know that evil people will not receive God’s kingdom? Don’t be fooled. Those who commit sexual sins will not receive the kingdom. Neither will those who worship statues of gods or commit adultery. Neither will men who are prostitutes or who commit homosexual acts. 10 Neither will thieves or those who always want more and more. Neither will those who are often drunk or tell lies or cheat. People who live like that will not receive God’s kingdom.
11 Some of you used to do those things. But your sins were washed away. You were made holy. You were made right with God. All of that was done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
This is who you once were, but your sins are washed away. God is calling you out of a culture that says these things are okay. Paul tells them that Jesus washes us and that we are made Holy by the covering of Christ’s blood.
God is calling us out of a lifestyle of: sexual addictions, idolatry, prostitution, and even homosexuality. This is who you ONCE WERE.
You don’t have to let the sins of your past define you. You are washed and made new by the blood of the Lamb. God is not only calling you out of the culture (Holiness) but he is giving you a new heart and a new mind in Christ Jesus.
Being a parent is hard. Discipling your children is sometimes difficult. But you do it, because you LOVE them. This is the spirit behind these verses. It’s not out of anger, hatred, or selfishness that Paul pens this letter to the Corinthians. But it is out of place of love, a father’s love, for God’s people and his Church.
1 Corinthians 4:14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.