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1 Corinthians 6

1 Corinthians 6- Resolving Disputes, God’s way

“I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! 1 Corinthians 6:5-8

Paul was dealing with a problematic circumstance in the church of Corinth. A majority of the Corinthian Christians were immature and resorting to secular means of resolving some of their disputes. Instead of attempting to address their issues among themselves, they were taking each other to court.

On hearing this, Paul was beside himself. He reminded them that they were a redeemed people and that they should act as such. Paul urged them not to act like the unbelieving world, instead be subject to one another. To suffer the wrong and be defrauded, even if they were in the right.

Paul begs them the question, “Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers?” The answer was clearly yes! The problem was that they chose to resolve their issues the world’s ways, not God’s.

 

CHALLENGE

Are you at a place where someone has wronged you? They’ve taken something that belongs to you? Or perhaps someone has broken a contract? Or maybe someone has violated the spirit of an agreement that was based on each other’s word? My friend, suffer the wrong. Better to be defrauded than to be dragged into the mire. Let the Lord deal with your brother or sister’s wrongdoing. After all, God promises,“vengeance is mine says the lord!”

RPF