Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 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))
It is impossible for the wicked to be a part of God’s kingdom. Yet, God does not wish that any should perish! How can this be? Once we have accepted God’s grace through the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, He works within us to change us to His image. All things that do not fit His image, He cleans up and replaces with His righteousness.
Sin is what we were lost in before God’s grace. Sins are the things that go against the Word of God. Unfortunately, sin is what we are comfortable with. Too many people simply stand on the promises of grace and mercy but they ignore the simple truth that God does not want you to stay in your sin. You must allow the Holy Spirit to free you from the sin that enslaves you. Once you truly accept grace, you are no longer any of these – neither sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders not thieves nor the greedy nor drunkard nor slanderers nor swindlers. You have been washed in the blood of Jesus. You are no longer that same person. Still, you must willingly let these sins go. You must relinquish your life to the one who died for you.
Many people, and some so-called church members, who are saying that same sex marriage is okay are misreading what God has said within this passage. We are to hate the sin, but love the sinner. We are not to accept the sin. That would be a sin in and of itself. Do we accept thieves? Yes, but we do not tell them that it is ok to keep stealing. Do we accept swindlers? If we follow what Jesus taught, we do, but we do not tell them that it is ok to keep up with their sinful ways. Do we accept the drunkard? Out of God’s love, we accept the drunk, yet, we do not tell them to keep drinking.
In the scripture, it states “that is what some of you WERE.” It is not what we are. The people who are pushing acceptance are not willing to embrace all of God’s Truths. They are only embracing what they wish to embrace and are rejecting the parts that convict them of sins that they are unwilling to give up. God loves each of us too much to allow us to stay in our sin.
Stop and think about that for a moment. Are you the same as when you first accepted Jesus? Have you forgotten events of your life before God’s grace? Do you still cling to certain things because you simply don’t want to give them up? Do you still have your “comfort sins?”
Do you accept all of God’s Word, or only the parts that don’t convict you?