Truth or Feel Good

1 Corinthians 3:1-4
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly —mere infants in Christ.  I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.  You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?  For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?
This statement seems a bit harsh, however Paul knows his audience. There is jealousy and quarreling among the believers in Corinth, and there has been tension about which disciple each believer follows. Paul classifies this behavior as being “worldly”, and his response as an apostle is to “give them milk, not solid food.” (vs. 2) Those who believe in Christ should know their audience and engage others accordingly about God. The most relevant wisdom is revealed out of authentic relationship. Many times the truest things are also the hardest to hear.


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