Live in humility and unity in the body of Christ
Paul wrote a letter to the church in Corinth to discipline them and respond to questions they had. He described how divisive and boastful the had come. They acted as if Jesus had returned and the had already become rich and had begun to reign with Him (v 8), which was supposed to be an eschatological (end time) blessing. Paul contrasted their behavior with his. He was weary from his labors and frequent persecutions. But he endured them willingly like Jesus did.
There are no ideal churches. We are all sinful humans attempting to worship God with our whole heart-- at least that's the goal. Our flesh and the devil's minions are opposed to what the Spirit wants to accomplish. We have to be constantly alert to what the Spirit wants us to do or of what He is trying to convict us. Like Paul, we are to be imitators of Christ Jesus, be humble, and love in unity with each other.
David Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians: Life in the Local Church, The Bible Speaks Today, ed. John R. W. Stott (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 1985), 66.
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