“That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.”
Anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
Take time for reflection and a heart check before taking communion. Ask the Lord to show you any ways, any sins, any wrongs committed or lurking in your heart – anger, unforgiveness, gossip, judging other wrongfully, lying, coveting, unthankfulness….. Remember the body that was broken for you and the blood that was poured out for you – by your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Consider your ways before you take communion.
Examine your ways
Ask forgiveness, acknowledge your sins
Consider the path you’re on
Ask for the old godly way and walk in it
You are called to be Holy, Separate, not of this world
1 Cor 11 :
For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ, you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world. So, my dear brothers and sisters when you gather for the Lord’s Supper, wait for each other. If you are really hungry, eat at home so you won’t bring judgment upon yourselves when you meet together. I’ll give you instructions about the other matters after I arrive.
Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us. For we know the one who said,“I will take revenge.I will pay them back.”He also said,“The Lord will judge his own people.”31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Corinthians 13: Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.
Don’t take your salvation lightly, work it out with fear and trembling. In revelation, the Lord says: ” I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” Rev 3, Phil 2:12
Spread God’s truth to your friends, loved ones, and all people – warning everyone in love as the day of the Lord draws close.