In 1 Corinthians 4 Paul begins with “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” Paul does not want to build himself up, but instead considers himself a servant of Christ to bring the gospel to people. He does not need the approval of the Church of Corinth, for it is God who knows people’s hearts and HE will one day “bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.” It is God who condemns or commends. Lord, may I continually understand that I am Your servant and am here to be a steward of the Gospel.
In 1 Corinthians 5 Paul rebukes the church of Corinth for allowing unrepentant sin to go on in the Church. He calls the Church to remove the unrepentant sinner from among them. This keeps the witness of the Church to the Gospel pure and gives the opportunity to restore the one in sin. Lord, keep my heart sensitive to my own sin and help me help others to learn how to overcome their own sin.
– Bryan McKenzie