11/19/22 Used to Be

READING: 1 Corinthians 4:1-7:40

The words in today’s reading are simple but powerful, honest but hopeful, convicting but grace-filled: “and some of you used to be like this” (1 Cor 6:11). 

The “some of you” were part of the body of believers at Corinth. What “some of you” had been were ungodly people who practiced things like sexual immorality, greed, drunkenness, and idolatry. They had apparently reflected the widespread, out-of-control immorality that characterized Corinth. My hunch is that most people thought they would never change their ways (or even want to). 

But . . . the gospel changes lives. The people had indeed been blatantly ungodly, but now they had been washed, sanctified, and justified. God had stepped into their lives, washed them from their sin, made them righteous, and set them apart. No matter how immoral they had been in the past, they were not the same people in the present. The words “used to be” were evidence of God’s transforming grace in their lives. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Who were you formerly before the Lord saved you?     

DAILY PRAYER: “Thank You, God, for indwelling me through Your Spirit.” 

TOMORROW’S READING: 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1

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