Work it Out
Today's reading: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
How sweet it would be if we lived in a perfect world with no arguing, fighting and definitely no lawsuits. But the reality is we live in a sinful world filled with sinful people which means there is going to be conflict and disputes will arise--even among brothers and sisters in Christ. So I found Paul's urging for believers to work disputes out among themselves a good reminder. As followers of Christ we are called to live by a higher standard, which includes striving for unity with other believers. The words of verse 7 really drove this message home for me.
"To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you."
What are the benefits of believers working out their disputes with regard to the individuals involved? What are the benefits for the church body? What message does it send to those who don't yet know Christ but who are watching and taking notice of our actions? Tami
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