1 Corinthians 11:31-34
1Co 11:31 But if we proved ourself faithful, we would not have experienced this condemnation.
1Co 11:32 Yet in these times of condemnation, we are being taught a lesson by the Lord, so that we do not experience the condemnation that the world will.
1Co 11:33 For this reason, my brothers, when you come together to eat, be considerate of one another.
1Co 11:34 If someone is hungry, he should eat in his own house, so that when you come together, you do not cause condemnation. I will take care of the rest of your questions when I arrive.
It’s tough to be a believer nowadays, because the church is on trial all the time. When we are doing something wrong, sometimes we suffer because of it. The Lord is teaching us a lesson in these times of condemnation, just like he taught Corinth a lesson over their abuse of communion. It isn’t cruel for him to do so, because he wants us to learn that lesson, stop sinning, and avoid the ultimate condemnation that the world will experience at Gehenna hell. When the Lord does punish us for something like not being considerate of one another, we can stubbornly defy him and keep doing it our way. If we do, we risk incurring his wrath, and in so doing, we are choosing the ultimate condemnation. Wrong choice!
LORD, thank you for your faithful lessons. Teach us to recognize those lessons quickly, repent fully, return to you, and thus not risk the ultimate condemnation of destruction in hell.