We are members of the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:14 says, “For in fact the body is not one member but many.” Verse 25 says, “That there be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” Schism means division. We have an enemy of our soul that seeks ways to divide so he can conquer.
One of his clever ways is through hidden sin. Self-deception (lying to self) plays into the picture. When I was in jail ministry, we had moms incarcerated because they were busted with drugs. One said to me, “I don’t know what the problem is. I was doing drugs in my own home. I was not hurting anyone.”
She did not take into account that her young daughters were with her AS she was doing drugs. She was miffed when they were taken away from her, but did not own her sin. It reminded me of Proverbs 30:20 which says, “This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no wickedness.”
Do you hear what Proverbs 6:32 says about the adulterer? “Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul.” We do not sin alone. Verse 25 says that we are to have the same care for one another. Will my hidden sin affect others that I am in fellowship with? Yes. Will it affect those that are in the sphere of my influence? Yes.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Amplified says, “Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.”
Part of how we continue to live in His grace is to walk in Galatians 6:1. It says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” Temptations to sin are universal. The body of Christ is worldwide. The verse encourages every believer to walk in humility. We are called to walk in transparency and accountability.
Are you struggling? Ask the Holy Spirit to show you one you can talk to. Do you see someone struggling with a sin that is keeping them captive? Ask the Holy Spirit to convict them. Then ask Him how you can come alongside and encourage them in their progressive sanctification. Let the church be a united front against the wiles of the enemy!