Friday, July 23, 2021
I Corinthians 5:9-6:10
I Corinthians 5:9-6:10
 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men;
 not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
 But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber — not even to eat with such a one.
 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
 God judges those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.”
 When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, matters pertaining to this life!
 If then you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church?
 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood,
 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
 To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
 But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren.
 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts,
 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.
 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
 When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents;
 and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’
 And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.
 But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, `Pay what you owe.’
 So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’
 He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place.
 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me;
 and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’
 And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt.
 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
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