Open Heavens Daily Devotional December 10th
Open Heavens Daily Devotional was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the G.O of the RCCG, one of the largest evangelical church in the world.
Topic: CIVIL LITIGATION AT A LAST RESORT
Memorise: moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. Matthew 18:15
Read: 1 Corinthians 6:1-9
1 Corinthians 6:1-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Do Not Sue the Brethren
1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
4 If then you have [a]judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!
7 Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?
8 No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren!
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [b]homosexuals, nor [c]sodomites,
One of the things we should know and accept is the disputes will occur amongst us in the body of Christ. This is because we are made up of different persons from different backgrounds with different levels of understanding.
In today’s Bible reading, Paul was worried about the believers in the church at Corinth who were taking their fellow believers to court.he wondered why they couldn’t settle their differences amongst themselves but preferred to go before a judge. He therefore admonished them not to go to court but rather take their disputes to the elders for resolution. This admonition still applies to us today. It is shameful for two brothers of the same father to take their family dispute to an outsider to settle. Not only does it imply that there is no wise fellow in their family who can settle their disputes, it also opens the door for cultures that are theirs to influence the way they live their lives, because the fellow whom they take their case to will judge it according to the culture he or she is familiar with. This is what happens when we change our brethren to court.
If you have a dispute with a fellow member of the Body of Christ, your case should be taken to the elders of your church for them to settle for you. When you take the case to court, the verdict will not be based on the teachings of the scriptures, and the result is likely to affect your relationship with that person negatively. Even judges sometimes advice brothers to go home and settle their dispute within their family. The reason they do this to avoid more severe issues within family later.
I am not promising you that taking a case to the elders will guarantee that you are not cheated, but it will guarantee that you don’t soil the name of your heavenly father. Let your priorities be clear: God first before anything or anyone else. Always ask God for what He would like you to do before you make any move. It is only when the other fellow has acted contrary to the lifestyle of a child of God, especially by ignoring the instructions of the elder, that you then take him or her to the law courts; otherwise, even if you feel like you are being cheated, it is better to keep your family Name intact than to take your family mater to be judged by outsiders.
Sing Hymn 5
Always seek to protect the Name of your father in heaven.
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