“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.” 1 Corinthians 5:1 KJV
Paul, led of the Holy Spirit, wrote to the Corinthians to address a sin problem.
First, we see here that sin does need to be and should be addressed. Too often we get upset about our sin being called out rather than being broken and repenting. Regarding a pastor preaching on sin from the pulpit or dealing with an individual privately, I’m going to leave this verse here:
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17 KJV
Just obey the Lord. If He convicts you over something, confess it, forsake it, and keep serving Him.
Secondly, this sin was commonly reported. Not hidden. Not happening just here and there. It was common. They were known for being fornicators.
What are you known for?
What things are commonly reported in your life? And in the lives of those you associate with? You are not only known for your actions, but for who you choose to be with. Remember that you will become those you choose to be around. Choosing your friends and influences wisely is important.
When someone mentions your name, what will they associate you with?
When someone comes to talk to you, what do they want to talk about?
If others come to you to gossip or complain, it’s because they know you let it happen.
We must be mindful of our conversations.
Seek to encourage and build others up rather than gossip about them.
I don’t know what is commonly named among your life, but I hope you desire godly, positive, and good things to be in that list rather than negativity and sin. This will not happen by accident. We must be intentional about what we do and how we speak.
Stay in the Word, stay close to the Shepherd, and let Him lead you in paths of righteousness.
With Hope in His Service,