The scripture for today is 1Corinthians 6:1-11.
“1 When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! 2 Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves?”
I am grateful to live in a country that has a Constitution and Bill of Rights that establishes a court system and protects the rights of individuals within that system. But it does sometimes seem like our whole society is fixated on lawsuits. No joke, I once met a parent who had her lawyer on speed dial. The first two verses of this passage hit me like a punch to the gut. I haven’t taken my neighbor to court, but we’ve been carrying on this grudge match, calling city hall on each other for petty things. I feel childish just listing some examples: overgrown bushes, driving a golf cart through my yard, kids’ toys, dogs and fireworks. I am ashamed. Jesus is pleading with us to settle these things with each other instead of letting things spin out of control. We are His followers, He taught us to love one another. How disappointed He must be when we let an annoyance or misunderstanding escalate into something bigger. The good news is this: there is forgiveness. Here’s the last verse of the passage:
“11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”
Lord forgive me. I have disobeyed you and not always loved my neighbor. Help me do better. Give me patience to keep from getting annoyed so easily, help me treat others as I want to be treated, and trust in you instead of being so quick to react, that you will make all things right according to your eternal wisdom. Amen
Connie Simmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Patience