Thursday, April 25, 2013
don't go to court
Good evening friends,
In this section from Paul's letter to the Corinthians he makes a claim that's almost shocking now. Christians should not allow their disputes to escape the church. Even when we disagree strongly with another believer, even when we think another Christian has wronged us, we can (and should) handle the dispute within the church. God has given the community gifts of wisdom, discernment, understanding and wise speech to be able to settle disputes. What would it take to make this a reality today?
1 Corinthians 6:1-8
When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints? 2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3Do you not know that we are to judge angels—to say nothing of ordinary matters?
4If you have ordinary cases, then, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? 5I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another, 6but a believer goes to court against a believer—and before unbelievers at that? 7In fact, to have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? 8But you yourselves wrong and defraud—and believers at that.