“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)
It’s easy to read this passage and point the finger at “wrongdoers” (another translation for the “unrighteous”).
Yet, as Paul so clearly points out at the end, some of the listeners were once exactly like those he describes.
In fact, the only thing that “makes” them righteous is the blood-of-Christ as it washes them clean.
Better that we should spend a lot less time condemning the practices of others and more time “repenting” of our own sins (Luke 1:3).
We don’t condone sinful behaviour. But neither are we to “judge” it. That’s God’s responsibility (Matthew 7:1ff).
What we should be doing is “loving our neighbour” in genuine and practical ways (Luke 10:36).
For like Jesus, we should “desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13 – quoting Hosea 6:6).
prayer : forgive my unrepentant heart: my pride, my greed, my lust
action : share the grace of God through merciful actions