Week beginning: 16th March, 2014

By Ian Miller | London

"If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?"

1 Cor 6: 1-2a (NIV, 1984)

One believer has cheated another who has sued and the case has ended up in the courts. Paul gives two powerful principles which should have guided the Corinthians' conduct, and should guide ours.

The first is that we should live now in the light of the cross. In verses 9-11a Paul reminds them of what they were like before accepting Jesus. Now they are something different in Him: they have been washed, sanctified and justified (v.11b). Paul's message is: 'live like it'. He urges the Corinthians to become what they are as a result of the cross which has freed them to live Jesus' way (v.20).

The second powerful principle is that we should live now in the light of what we shall be. One day we will judge the world (including non-Christian judges!). We shouldn't submit ourselves to the judgments of the ungodly in our disputes with each other because we will be involved in God's final judgments on the world (6 v 2); that should condition what we do now.

Even if we have no dispute with a believer the challenge still remains for us to live now in the light of the cross and what we will one day be. What a thought that we will have the responsibility of judging the world.

Prayer Points

1. Pray for those who are involved in churches or organisations and are settling disputes between Christians that they may have wisdom, grace and the mind of Christ as they do so.

2. Pray for LCF Trustees that they may have wisdom and be guided by the Lord as they lead us and prepare for the future of the LCF.