Summary: If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? - 1 Corinthians 6:1 In this chapter we have a very heart-felt plea given by the Apostle Paul to believers in the C ..
If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? - 1 Corinthians 6:1
In this chapter we have a very heart-felt plea given by the Apostle Paul to believers in the Church of Corinth that were divided over many issues. Problems were on the left and right and even the Elders of the Church were having a hard time making sense of how to go forward and see peace in the body in that city. Some issues became so serious that even believers in the Lord who were forgiven of all their sins could not let something go to God and took matters fully into their own hands. They took other believers to the law courts intending that they would pay for all their sins, mistakes and problems. How does one get to the place of wanting to do this? The reason we seek to have justice is it seems right and yes in the end God is the God of justice and he will make every wrong into a right. Are we ever called to expose other brethren to law courts or to seek justice for what was done whether its emotionally or financially? Paul the Apostles plea was yes hurts will happen but seek the good of believers even that hurt you and seek to help them. There are those amongst your body at Corinth that should be able to help in this situation he says and even the weaker brother who has some wisdom from God to help in the matter.
Should we always be defrauded and seek to never defend ourselves? Of course we do not lay down on the highway just waiting to be run over, this world is full of sin and unfortunately these sins can be in the body of Christ in a city, organization, church or group. God Himself is able to bring correction and help through even the Lord's Supper it says later in 1 Corinthians. The issue we can bring close to home is am I seeking the best for my sisters and brothers in the Lord? Do I care enough for their good I am willing to suffer wrong at times. If all others in the body of Christ deal with us the same way when we hurt them, we would think twice about how we could rather have found mercy from God's hand for others who are bought by the blood of Christ. All of us are imperfect, faulty, having failed many times. No Christian leader has not failed in the body of Christ in some way. Paul admitted failure, the holy Apostle Peter denied the Lord, we all have faults but the great thing we can do is to forgive and see each other helped by our humbling ourselves. If an offender is not forgiven and shown Christ then the attitudes and actions will continue on. But if the hurt individuals show the great love of Christ then this can break the most stubborn hearted leader who has erred from the way of Christ's love and mercy.