Saturday, August 18, 2018

CHRISTIAN ARBITRATION 3

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1 Corinthians 6:7 (NET)
The fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves demonstrates that you have already been defeated. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?


Rather than go to court, Ian and Ronald decided to go for church arbitration even though a lot of money was at stake. Ronald particularly did not know if the pastor would understand all the dynamics of the matter because on the surface, what he was requesting looked outrageous if one did not understand the dynamics of their business.

But instead of taking their disputes to court, they would rather be cheated than do anything that could potentially hinder the advancement of the Gospel among unbelievers. They were already known everywhere as Christians.

As believers, we are a people called out and set apart unto the Lord. We are not of this world and our biggest advertisement to the world is our genuine love for one another (see John 13:35).

If you see two brothers of the same household taking each other to court over disputes, it would be hard to believe that there is true love in that family. What joins us as believers is stronger than flesh and blood-- It is eternal. If you would not take your biological brother to court but rather be cheated because he is your brother, why should you be willing to take your Christian brother to court?
When Christians take their disputes outside to unbelievers, it is a result of not rightly discerning the body of Christ to which they belong. The same applies to those who favor tribe and race over faith in Christ.

Go into today remembering that things you do would either cause your faith to grow or to wane. Rightly discerning the body of Christ is the secret to walking in the authority and glory of the body of Christ. But many have lived miserable lives, and some have even fallen asleep because they did not rightly discern the body. (1 Corinthians 11:29-30).

Prayer: Lord, help me to always rightly discern your body.
—SD Abraham

Bible in 1 Year: I Timothy 1-3 (in today's audio)
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