ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the
old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ,
our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Cor 5:6-7; KJV). Leaven or yeast is used
here to compare the power of sin with leaven. We have been justified or made
righteous in God’s sight, by the sacrifice of Christ at the cross; he redeemed
us or paid the price for our sins (Rom 3:24).
we do still sin (1 John 1:8)? Just a
tiny bit of sin, if it is not rooted out, can cause a huge amount of damage to
us and others. A woman added leaven to 3 measures of meal and the whole of the
meal became leavened or affected by the yeast (Luke 13:21). Jean makes our
bread at home and we calculated that she adds 1 part of yeast for every 320
parts of finished baked bread; that yeast is powerful stuff to be able to cause
that whole loaf to rise. Jesus warned of the leaven of the Pharisees which is
hypocrisy; they taught the law but did not obey it (Luke 12:1). They leavened
the whole of Israel with their sin. As children of God, sin damages our
fellowship with him as there is no sin in God (1 John 1:5). Sin clogs the
channels between us and God. Sin also hurts our relationships with each other.
God to show you sin in your life, be quick to repent and ask God’s forgiveness
for your sins; he will forgive (1 John 1:9). As we deal with sin in our lives,
we can walk closer and closer with God and enjoy more and more of the full life
he lives. Don’t get condemned, this is something we all have to grow in; but
the results are wonderful. Remember God loves you where you are but he calls
you up higher to grow in him.
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