I would like to revisit verse 2 in this Bible study today. Paul talks about a church, the Corinthian church in this case, who allows sin to dwell unaddressed within their congregation. But you can look at verse 2 from a personal standpoint also. Let’s look at this verse again.
1 Corinthians 5:2 “And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.”
As a reminder, Paul is referring to someone within the Corinthian church who is openly committing an act of sin; this sin is not addressed by the church. When we sin or have an unconfessed sin in our life, do we “mourn” as Paul puts it? The Greek word Paul used for mourn was pentheo, which means to wail and lament and be extremely sorry for. Something is horribly wrong in our lives when we can sin openly in the eyes of God and not be mournful about it.
We can compare our lives to that of the Corinthian church. I hope that we do not address sin with the apathy that they did. They allowed sin to fester within their church. Do we allow sin to fester within our personal life? God cannot work in a church where sin is allowed. God cannot work in your life when you allow sin to remain in your life. Remember this verse from the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
When we sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit of God. He mourns. How can we allow sin in our life and not mourn like God mourns? We will commit sin at times. It is important to be in a constant mode of prayer, one whereby we speak to God during the day, and not just at bedtime. We need to confess our sins to God right away when we sin because we are sorry for it, and we don’t want to grieve the Holy Spirit.