Vs. 5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves...” The Corinthians had spent a great deal of time examining Paul…now it is their turn to examine themselves! If any were guilty of such sins, Paul would deal with them harshly! If they listened and obeyed the Word of God, then they would spare themselves a great deal of agony along with Paul. It was as if Paul was almost asking them to make sure they were truly saved! Christians must live out their faith…for no one can tell on the outside if a person is saved. If they examined themselves, Paul would not have to come harshly to them. But the disciplines of people in the church is to never show the power of the leader, but rather help the sinner repent!
Regarding application…Giving 100%. Vs. 11, “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” Paul is telling them to not be satisfied with where they are at! We tend to justify our lives and lifestyles and compare them to the ungodly. We are satisfed with the status quo, rather than striving for a A+!!! Though we may be satisfed with a passing grade in school, we should never be satisfied with a “B” effort in our Christian lives. God doesn’t want part of us…HE wants ALL of us! God is a jealous God and he desires the very best for our lives and the will He has preordained for us! Let us stop using the crutch of sin as an excuse to not live up to our potential. While we all might fall short of God’s glory, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to aim for perfection! It is this attitude that will bring the love & peace that only God can bring in our lives…even in the midst of the storms in our lives. Let’s be a light to the dark world this Christmas season!