SETTLING WITHOUT SHAME
1 Corinthians 6:4-8
1Co 6:4 If you really have such normal cases, why do you bring them before those who are despised by the church?
1Co 6:5 I say this to your shame. Is there really no one among you wise enough who is able to decide in the case of his brother,
1Co 6:6 but brother goes against brother in court, and this is happening before unbelievers?
1Co 6:7 That you are having cases at all among yourselves is already a defeat for you. Why not just be wronged instead? Why not just be defrauded instead?
1Co 6:8 But you are wronging and defrauding — even your brothers! (1 Cor. 6:4-8 JDV)
small claims – big shame
One of the most exasperating and embarrassing realities of missionary work is the fact that lawsuits are filed among church organizations. Paul expresses horror over the fact that the brothers in Corinth are bringing each other to court before unbelieving magistrates. No victory is worth the shame that court cases bring to the church, nor the harm it does in our attempts to reach unbelievers with the gospel.
Paul suggests two solutions to this problem. Either have the claims settled by a someone wise within the church, or drop the suit altogether. Fighting among brothers never advances the kingdom.
LORD, give us the wisdom to settle our differences without shaming you.