purge out the old leaven

1 Corinthians 5


And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

Sometimes we don't want to do what it takes to get rid of something sinful. Maybe it takes discomfort or even mourning.

Your glorying [is] not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Sometimes the Lord pricks our conscience to warn us, and His Holy Spirit convicts us. For example, we might have the thought that it would be wrong to start watching a movie or surfing the web while we should be doing schoolwork. Then, if we do those thing anyway, don't we end up regretting it, and falling behind on our work? A little bit of sin grows into more.

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.

When we're convicted, we need to be willing to endure the "pain," to give up the pleasures that seem to come with sin. Otherwise, those things would be like leavening that grows in bread.

But, if we do give those things up, it will be like attending a feast. Then, we'll actually be more happy because we did purge out the sin.

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