1 Corinthians 7. Forum Discussion

Keeping the commandments of God in a sinful world

Today’s lesson is on 1 Corinthians 7.

Paul continues to have his work cut out for him as he tries to convince a sinful society to follow Christ and His teachings. At the time of this letter, Corinth was the “sin city” of the Roman Empire. Their list of problems included: fornication, prostitution, adultery, idolatry, improper worship and the list goes on and on.

One example of the rampant sin in Corinth was the temple of Aphrodite which employed more than 1,000 prostitutes!

Think about the uphill battle that Paul faced trying to convert this sinful culture into God fearing men and women. Where would you start?

The simple answer to this complex question is love.

Paul tries to answer all the questions that were being thrown at him, including questions about:

  • The duties of husbands and wives towards one another.
  • Advantages of the unmarried and widows regarding their faith (their focus is not divided).
  • Husbands leaving their wives and wives leaving their husbands.
  • Believers being married to unbelievers.
  • Uncircumcised and circumcised people.
  • Slaves and non-slaves.
  • Virgins and non-virgins.

The key takeaway in all of this is found in verse 19.

“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.” – 1 Corinthians 7:19

If what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God, where should we start? 

There are two commandments that all the other commandments are based on:

  1. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.”
  2. “The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  

“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Mathew 22:36-40

That is the key takeaway from today’s lesson.

The more we love God and each other, the more success we will have in spreading the Gospel. Regardless of what the cultural norms of the day are, we must stay laser focused on these two commandments.

God IS love.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ” – 1 John 7-8 

It would have been easy for Paul to get discouraged or overwhelmed by the enormous obstacles that he was facing. But Paul did not do that, and neither should we.

Like Paul, if we keep our focus on loving God and each other, we will be pleasing to God, maturing in our faith, and glorifying God.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 1 Corinthians 8 and how our behaviors can cause others to stumble. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Loving our neighbor means to put there needs ahead of our own. I think it is important to pay attention to those that we come in contact with. There is a reason God brings people in and out of our lives. If we notice an opportunity to do something nice for somebody, or pleasantly surprise them, or build them up, we should take it. As we plant the seeds, others will water, and God will ultimately provide the increase!

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Drexel Deal

A happy Easter to all. I concur with the points already brought out. As to the question, how do we love our neighbor?
Loving our neighbors is best shown in our actions. We treat people the way we would want to be treated. We speak to people the way we would want to be spoken too. We reach out to others in need, the way we would want to be reached out too when we’re in need; and we all will have a need at some point in our lives. As I would like to be respected by others, then it’s important for me to show them that level of respect first.

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How do we love our neighbor?

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PatDermody
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During this pandemic we have many opportunities to demonstrate love of neighbor. Think about your friends and neighbors. Is there anyone who is lonely or especially vulnerable ? We can reach out with a phone call, more personal than a text or write a handwritten note,which is better than receiving a bill in the mail. Prepare a meal for a friend, neighbor or even a first responder. I’m sure you can come up with many more ideas. In the meantime, don’t forget to take care of YOU!🙏

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