Eyes to see clearly.
At times we need some space to see more clearly. Like maybe higher up outside the door. At other times we need some years of maturity to see things a bit more clearly.
In those early years I realized that each house had its’ rules and when in that house you were to abide by those rules. It was pretty open-range at my house. Our house rules were different than other house rules.
One day, I went to my girlfriend’s house to play in the early elementary years, I followed the rules at her house. When she invited me up to her bedroom, I remember that I was fascinated with her possessions/her stuff. She had interesting old furniture and I wanted to see how it worked so I opened each drawer and tried it out.
I can’t remember clearly how the next pieces fell together, but I think that I either took something from the drawer or made fun of something that was hers. She got mad at my opening the drawers to her dresser. I don’t know if I took something of hers or what I did. Maybe I asked too many questions or something, but I knew when she yelled to her mother that I was in trouble. I think I decided that it was just time for me to leave so I ran back home.
Not long after I arrived at home, our phone rang and my girlfriend’s mother asked me to return to their house. When I went to their house, her mother invited me up to my girlfriend’s room. Her mother spoke to me in ways that I knew that I was not to ever snoop in someone else’s stuff and that she loved me at the same time. She was not mad at me as a person, but rather, at my actions.
Although, I hadn’t felt like I was snooping, it must have felt like an invasion to my friend. I am so thankful for that lesson.
That lesson taught me so much in life. I learned that I was to respect others and respect their stuff. We are to care for ourselves and care about others with respect for the way God has created each of us. That was quite enough to learn at that early age, but I continue to be thankful for that lesson every day of my life.
5:1 I also received a report of scandalous sex within your church family, a kind that wouldn’t be tolerated even outside the church: One of your men is sleeping with his stepmother. 2 And you’re so above it all that it doesn’t even faze you! Shouldn’t this break your hearts? Shouldn’t it bring you to your knees in tears? Shouldn’t this person and his conduct be confronted and dealt with?
3 I’ll tell you what I would do. Even though I’m not there in person, consider me right there with you, because I can fully see what’s going on. I’m telling you that this is wrong. You must not simply look the other way and hope it goes away on its own. Bring it out in the open and deal with it in the authority of Jesus our Master. 4 Assemble the community—I’ll be present in spirit with you and our Master Jesus will be present in power. 5 Hold this man’s conduct up to public scrutiny. Let him defend it if he can! But if he can’t, then out with him! It will be totally devastating to him, of course, and embarrassing to you. But better devastation and embarrassment than damnation. You want him on his feet and forgiven before the Master on the Day of Judgment.
6 Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a “small thing,” but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. 7 So get rid of this “yeast.” Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient. The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Un-raised Bread part of the Feast. 8 So let’s live out our part in the Feast, not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread—simple, genuine, unpretentious.
The law that Paul refers to does not allow sex between two people who are very close relatives of each other. In the church in Corinth, a man was having sex with his father’s second wife. It was against Jewish law and even pagans thought it was a sin.
What are some of the lessons of life that have really taken a place in your heart? In what ways are you respectful of other’s possessions? When have you found that you have placed your curiosity as secondary to another’s comfort level? When have you met a person that was almost too relaxed in their openness? Who has been your guest guide in life when it comes to sexual issues? Have a Day!
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you about some of the things they have learned in life
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Tama, Jan & family, Karen’s family, Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: We love you, O God, and we thank you for this day. Thank you for loving us thru our long and hard journey thru life’s lessons. Help us to love others thru and realize that each person is on their own journey. Amen
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