Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 5-6.

Most Christians have heard they aren’t supposed to take their brethren to court. Sadly, most ignore the alternative God actually demands. Going to court is not prohibited because it is wrong for Christians to have disputes or disagreements. That is simply going to happen sometime. It is prohibited because we shouldn’t take those disagreements before unbelievers, but rather should have wise men and women among us who can decide our disputes. The question is will we put God in the beginning and therefore be humble enough to accept the mediation of the wise who are among us or will we only listen to the advice and dictates of unbelievers and infidels? Paul’s point is we should trust the counsel and advice of believers above that of unbelievers. Think of all the places that should be true other than just court-worthy disputes.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7-8.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, did you pick up on what I shared with your parents? As you grow up, there will be numerous times you need counsel regarding your own life and future and regarding disagreements and disputes you have with others. Remember what Paul says here. Your worldly friends are going to have all kinds of advice for you. Don’t you think there are wise people among the Lord’s people who would give you the best counsel? Sadly, all too often we know the Lord’s people won’t give us the counsel we want to hear. However, Paul’s point is clear–those faithful to the Lord will give far better counsel and make far better decisions than the unfaithful. Seek your counsel and advice there, always.

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