The danger of unrepentant sin
Today's daily devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 5:7, "Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump."
Saint Paul, in this verse, uses the analogy of corrupted yeast ruining good dough to illustrate how unrepentant sin can corrupt the individual and the entire community of believers. While there is always forgiveness, no one should rely on it to purposely sin or to justify sin in oneself or others.
Paul says that the worst thing about the Corinthian congregation is that they have not shown any remorse over what was going on in their congregation. The sin of a few has infected the congregation.
Paul notes that there are times when, for the good of the congregation, a congregation needs to separate themselves from those in their midst who are openly unrepentant. This separation is never to be done to permanently exclude them from the congregation but to bring them to repentance and thus back into fellowship. Since we are all sinners, it is not an easy task. God's Word has to be the guide for dealing with sin.
Please pray with me; Lord Jesus, help us to love all sinners, for we are all sinners and hate all sin, especially the sins we commit. Please help us act wisely and justly toward those who are acting wrongly against you, so they are brought back into the congregation. Please have mercy on us and all sinners for the sake of your infinite mercy. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.