That’s what some of you were…

There is a group of verses in first Corinthians that I would be willing to bet that 70% can quote from memory and about 20% can at least quote part of it. It is widely used to argue against homosexuality among other things, and more often than not it is used to shame people or put them down. 

1 Corinthians 6:9b-10 says, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men not thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

I’m not here to argue with the verse. I do believe what it says. However, about 90% of the time, people stop reading there and fail to read what is the MOST IMPORTANT part of that passage. 

If you continue reading, verse 11 reads:

“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.”

How many Christians struggle with things that they condemn non-Christians or other Christians of? When that verse was written, it wasn’t meant to condemn. It was supposed to be a wake up call. Yes, it is calling out sinful behavior, but more importantly it is reminding us that if it weren’t for Jesus we would be very different. Lost and alone just searching for what we think would make us happy. Sin is sin, no matter what it is. And all sin is equal. 

When you see someone struggling or living in a way that you know to be sinful, just remember that God loves them where they are and Jesus’s body was broken for them too. And like the verse says, that is what you WERE. Don’t be so hypocritical to think that you are better because you are no longer drowning in sin, rather be thankful that you were delivered from that life. And remember also that you were delivered to live with a purpose! Use your struggles to help those with similar struggles. What good does it do to be delivered if you keep that deliverance to yourself? You’ve been given a gift. Share it!