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Settling Disputes (1 Corinthians 6:1~11)
1. If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints?
2. Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?
3. Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
4. Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church!
5. I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers?
6. But instead, one brother goes to law against another -- and this in front of unbelievers!
7. The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
8. Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.
9. Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10. nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Believers Suing Believers (6:1–11)
In this passage, Paul addresses disputes among believers, which were most likely conflicts regarding property. He tells them not to take their fellow believers to court but rather to settle matters within the church. Paul is not saying that secular courts have no wisdom to impart but that believers have authority from God to judge disputes among each other. We have been saved by Christ and therefore have access to the wisdom of God through the Holy Spirit. Taking our disputes to secular courts will only cause further rifts between the parties and ruin the testimony of the church. When we find ourselves in a conflict with other believers, may we approach the situation with love and humility and seek the wisdom of God first.
- Are you experiencing conflict with another believer? What can you do to resolve the conflict in a way that is honoring to God?
A letter to God
The Minangkabau come from West Sumatra Province of Indonesia and are famous as traders of clothing and jewelry. Most Minangkabau are Muslim, and those who decide to leave Islam are often disowned by their family. Pray that God would strengthen those Minangkabau Christians who are experiencing persecution.
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