(1 Corinthians 6:1-11) – Grievances and Grace.
If you haven’t noticed this already, there was a lot of dysfunction in the church at Corinth.
Here, we see believers handling their conflicts by suing each other instead of listening to the Lord and His word.
They wanted a human judge who was led by human wisdom rather than the eternal Judge who IS the epitome of eternal wisdom.
This process of handling conflict was bringing shame to them and to the name of Christ.
God’s very Spirit, the One who knows the mind of Almighty God, dwells within us as believers, and there was no one in the church who (with God’s Spirit) could help figure out problems??
If that was the case, it’s a sad statement of the church.
The other possibility is that those in the middle of these conflicts knew what advice they’d be given if they went to church leaders (to forgive), so they went to human courts because they wanted revenge.
Paul’s point is that (theologically speaking) because we will one day judge the world and judge angels, we should be able to judge the daily matters of life between believers.
With the help of God’s Spirit, we can handle situations the way God would want us to.
There’s a new way for us to live and interact with one another, by grace!
We don’t seek out revenge by suing each other; we give grace and forgive as an evidence of what God has done in our lives.
We used to live lives that were unpleasant to God, but He saved us.
Let’s live like that’s true, because it is.