13/06/11

Going to court against another Christian is unchristian

1 Corinthians 6:1 - Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?


It is a very common today whenever there is serious conflict between two Christians they approach the judiciary system. It does not need to be two non-related Christians, even related Christians like husband and wife approach the courts for matrimonial issues, family members like brothers and sister, parent and children approach the courts to settle property and inheritance issues.

Me writing on this would make almost all to think I am crazy, can anyone settle these matters other than through the judiciary system?

In today's message the Lord is telling us through the words of Paul how can we who call ourselves Christians, people been guided by the Spirit of God and not able to talk and settle our differences between another Christian whom we call a brother or sister in Christ?

Even if we are unable to settle between us, is there no Man or Woman of God among us to guide us? Or is it that we do not believe God can do anything in our matter? If that is the case then how are we different from an unbeliever?

We mostly see when it comes to property or monetary issues we tell God to keep His nose out of it for these matters are more important to us than Him. When these matters come up we quietly switch off God like we switch off an electric light in our house.

Let us not just call ourselves Christians but behave like Christians and keeping in mind our God is alive; let us seek His guidance through His Word and Spirit to sort out the problems or discrepancies between members of Christís family. If we are not able to settle between ourselves, let us approach a Man or Woman of God to guide us or seek the help of elders of the Church.

The Church is not only for traditions or prayer services. Like when we are sick and medicines do not respond or matters are serious we all approach the Church for prayers and intercessions, so also let us not cut off God for earthly matters and surely He would sort all matters directly or through His messengers.


[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Living and Omnipotent God. Help us Lord during the moments of misunderstanding between our brothers and sisters in You that we acknowledge You and seek your help either directly or through your representatives. Help us not to be ignorant or You and your Church...

This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.


[ Reference Scripturesr ]
1 Corinthians 6:1-8
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?
8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!

Matthew 18:15-17
15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.
16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

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