Sunday, January 15, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

True Piety

I Corinthians 6: 1-11

Jishu Samuel
St. Thomas MTC, Yonkers, NY
5. I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another,

 Paul, the apostle in this passage is addressing the believers in Corinth. In the very first verse, it is clear that there is some dispute among the believers in their church. What is a dispute? How does a disputing thought enter our mind? How can we solve disputes?
Dispute - is difference of opinion. The first dispute started in the garden of Eden. Satan gave a different thought to Eve that was against what God had told Adam; and she implemented it in her life without consulting the person that God gave her! (Genesis 3:6 says, she took from its fruit and ate; and she also gave it to her husband). So, it is very clear that anything other than God’s plan is a disputing thought, and it is from Satan.
Satan really wants people to fight with each other. We can see disputes everywhere, in churches, among the believers, inside the family, with close friends and so on. We never know how Satan plants the disputing thoughts among the believers. If it happens in our church or in our home, we are not supposed to take such issues to non-believers in order to solve the disagreements. We believers who are the chosen one for the royal priest hood to judge the world - are we not capable to judge the small issues amongst us? Paul, strongly tells us not to consider non-believers as a judge for our issues. It is shameful to believers, if brothers fight with each other and even more shameful if its goes to the people, those who have no account with your church or with your family. That means you are giving a chance to the worldly people to mock you. It is a defeat for you, if you have lawsuits with your believers/brothers. Instead of going for a lawsuit, why cannot we believers accept any loss made by our brother? It is very clear that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God and the list of unrighteousness is mentioned in the verses 9 and 10. Once, we were in darkness but now we are washed, sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our debts are paid in full by His death on the cross.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, On many occasions, we have fallen and judged others in our own perspective. Please forgive us and give us the wisdom to understand each other to avoid disputes. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil” - Robert A. Heinlein