Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?
I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 1 Corinthians 6:1,5-6
One sign of a selfish and “me-first” society is frivolous lawsuits and an overall tendency toward lawsuits. Everyone knows the phrase “Larry Parker got me $1,000,000”. The Apostle Paul pointed out that the believers in Corinth were no different than the other worldly people around them. The fact that they couldn’t resolve problems or legal disputes and cases with each other was evidence they were absent of deep Christlike character and wisdom. As a result, they aired their dirty laundry before the unrighteous courts and defamed the name of the one they claimed- Christ. What a shame! Christians have a right to file lawsuits, but when we do, its an admission of weakness, not strength.
Am I a minister of reconciliation and peace? Has God given me wisdom to help others resolve their issues?
God, what an indictment against the immaturity of the Corinthian church. How about me and the church in America?… are we without wisdom?
I pray that we could mature and be capable of good judgments filled with wisdom. Help me foster love within the body of Christ and beyond. Its touch living in a litigious land, may I become a lawyer and advocate for righteousness.