FRIDAY 27TH AUGUST, 2021.
THEME: LAWSUIT AMONG BELIEVERS
PASSAGE: 1 CORINTHIANS 6:1-6
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 6:4 “Therefore, if you have a dispute about such matters, do you seek a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the Church?”
HYMN: MHB 476 (220.127.116.11.D.) – FROM trials un-exempted.
It is highly appalling to see or hear believers suing one another before the law court. It is not peculiar with our generation alone; it has been for ages. However, it is moral decadence, that though we preach and pray the Lord’s Prayer, especially the aspect that said; “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us”, some persons don’t actually forgive wholeheartedly and go about litigating others before Judges.
A lack of forgiving spirit has led many people to petition their employer/employee and vice versa. Lack of a forgiving spirit is the root cause of many marriages being dissolved. Lack of forgiving spirit has created many loopholes for the world to even criticize the Church of God. If you go to court today, there are such cases filed by believers.
Apostle Paul bemoans the rate at which the Corinthian Church did drag themselves before the unjust to be judged, over cases that should be amicably settled within. He identified a misplaced priority and emphasized the privilege of believers, which some are not aware of. They include: Believers are to Judge the world and the Angels. However, some believers have neglected and relegated themselves, by allowing themselves, to be judged by the world. What a shame?
Brethren, when you have a misunderstanding today, how do you approach it? Do you gossip with it to unbelievers? Do you head straight to court? Christ in Matt. 18:15-17said, when a brother trespasses, go, tell him his fault. If he refuses to listen, take one or two believers and discuss with him. If he still refuses, tell it to the Church. This process is not easy but God’s grace will always be sufficient for us.
PRAYER: Lord, give me the spirit of forgiveness that I may not bring reproach to Your name, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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