July 23, 2023 – Dispute Resolution
Conflict is inevitable. People are wired differently and will disagree. However, conflict can either be constructive or destructive. In the Christian community, there are specific ways of handling conflict that separate us from the rest of the world. And God’s way is a path to true resolution.
I Corinthians 6:1-9a
1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle
a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! 9 Or do you not know that the
unrighteous[b] will not inherit the kingdom of God?