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Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday's Message: Don't air the laundry

Don’t air the laundry:
My wife and I have a rule for our marriage.  On the rare occasion that we have a disagreement, not only do we settle it lovingly and quickly, but we do not share the details of the situation with anyone until the matter is fully concluded, and it is only ever shared if the situation can be used to specifically help someone else. I fear, in this age of social media, that far too many details of personal disagreements are quickly made public.  We are all human, and as a result, we are going to disagree with others regularly; therefore, you and I, as believers, should have a plan on how we are going to Biblically handle those situations as they arise.

Dare any of you” Paul, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is saying that we should be able to settle our disputes as Christian brothers and sisters between each other, but if you have reached an impasse with a brother in Christ you should take it to the Pastor or another spiritual leader and not to a judge who is a non-believer!  We should be more concerned with being good representatives of the name of Christ than with winning in a dispute with a brother or sister in Christ.  Do we have such little faith in the God of our salvation, that we cannot trust Him to bring a fair conclusion in all matters of our lives?  This passage goes on to inform us that during the millennial reign, when we rule and reign with Christ here on earth, we will be made judges over the fallen angels who followed Lucifer in his rebellion.  Knowing this, we have yet another reason to study and know the Scriptures!  We should be allowing the Bible to govern our lives now; because, when Christ returns it will become the law and we will judge others according to every word contained in its pages.

Unfortunately, many people have determined that Christ is not the answer for them because many who claim His name have misrepresented Him by living and acting contrary to His wishes.  Believer, consider that idea the next time you feel the desire to divulge some unnecessary information to the world via any number of informational outlets.  The truth is, somebody’s eternal home may be determined by the way we live and the way we handle our disagreements.

I Corinthians 6:1-6:
1  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 
2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 
3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 
4  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 
5  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 
6  But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

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