A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENETH THE WHOLE LUMP
“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavened the whole lump?” 1 Corinthians 5:6.
“The love which should exist between church members frequently gives place to criticism and censure; and these appear, even in the religious exercises, in reflections and severe personal thrusts. Such things should not be countenanced by ministers, elders, or people. The services of the church should be carried forward with an eye single to the glory of God. When men with their peculiar organizations are brought together in church capacity, unless the truth of God softens and subdues the sharp points in the character, the church will be affected and its peace and harmony sacrificed to indulge these selfish, unsanctified traits. Many, in their close watch to discover the faults of their brethren, neglect the investigation of their own hearts and the purification of their own lives. This brings the displeasure of God. The individual members of the church should be jealous for their own souls, critically watching their own actions, lest they should move from selfish motives and be a cause of stumbling to their weak brethren.
God takes men as they are, with the human element in their character, and then trains them for His service if they will be disciplined and learn of Him. The root of bitterness, envy, distrust, jealousy, and even hatred, which exists in the hearts of some church members, is the work of Satan. Such elements have a poisonous influence upon the church. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” 1 Corinthians 5:6. The religious zeal which is manifested in a raid upon brethren is a zeal not according to knowledge. Christ has nothing to do with such testimony. –Testimony Treasures, vol. 1, pp. 567, 568.
Questions to think about:
Do we notice that wrong habits in us can exist and multiply as leaven?
Do we take heed when in God’s church problems and confrontations are developing among God’s children?
Who is the creator of these evil problems and why do we permit this to happen and multiply in us and in the church?