1ST CORINTHIANS 6:7-10 (10 OF 28)

by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians 6:7-10 (10 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

These things being so, indeed there is altogether a defeat among you since you go to the courts, one against another or among yourselves, with a matter to be judicially decided by heathen judges. Going before heathen, legal magistrates to handle matters among believers was wrong and it was a defeat for the testimony of both Christ and the Corinthian church. It was also a defeat for any possible unity within the church among the fellowship.

It would appear by Paul's writing that this behavior was not some isolated case, but that it was the standard practice of the entire body. The mindset of the church and city was revealed when one author stated they "prided themselves on the passionate resentment of injuries, as though it was a virtue."

This is what carnality and personal pride will do to anyone. Their pride, which moved them to gain victory from the heathen by way of the court system, was in fact a defeat to them all. In climaxing his argument Paul feels that the very existence of legal suits among the Corinthians showed a malicious attitude and spiritual failure. Instead of being involved in all these disputes, they should be willing to suffer wrong rather than harm and cheat their fellow Christians.

This is a course of action, which I can recall only one or two others I have known personally, outside of myself, who were even wiling to consider this course of action, which Paul wrote about. That is, "Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?"

Instead of the defeat and damage among the church that going to the heathens would achieve, why not rather take the humble road of being wronged.

Why not just be wronged, be ...

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