August 24 “Suing another believer”

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Suing another believer … what does the Bible say? How should we respond if we think we’ve been wronged?

Today’s Readings:
Job 39 & 40
Psalm 101.1-4
Proverbs 23.29-30:
1 Corinthians 6.1-20

Job 39 & 40:

Demanding answers

Even thought Job was a righteous man, he had, perhaps pridefully, believed he needed to understand what was happening and why? In this passage God opened his eyes to just how little he really understood. Job quickly acknowledged his mistake. Job 40:3-5:

Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further.”

The Bible & dinosaurs

dinosaurAn interesting note, check out John MacArthur’s Daily Bible comments about 40.15-24. You might be surprised to learn that many believe the “behemoth” spoken about in this passage was a dinosaur. That means Job knew what dinosaurs were. The most likely explanation would be because they co-existed with people instead of living “millions and millions of years ago,” as we are taught as fact!

If you’d like to learn more about creation science, there are a variety of good websites and resources. You might want to start with Ken Ham’s website Answers in Genesis.

Psalm 101.1-4:

Knowing sin intimately

David declared that he would “not know wickedness.” The word for “know” there means to know something definitely or intimately. It is the same word used to say that Adam “knew” Eve and they conceived a son. So while we are all sinners and will fall short of God’s best, if we are believers we won’t choose to “know” sin intimately. We won’t hang on to it. We will repent and seek to turn from it.

woman with wineProverbs 23.29-30:

Those who linger long at the wine

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.

Nothing much has changed when it comes to drunkenness!

While the Bible doesn’t condemn all drinking, it does forbid drunkenness (Eph. 5.18) and warn against the dangers of drinking to excess (Gal. 5.21; Prov. 20.1; Hos. 4.11; Is. 5.11). It also tells us to not let our freedom be a stumbling block to others (Rom. 14.21).

1 Corinthians 6.1-20:

Suing another believer

courtroom, judge, gavel,

“Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?” (1 Cor. 6.7-9a).

Believers are forbidden from suing or taking other believers to court. As believers we should be able to work out our differences, either between ourselves or with the help of our pastors or church leaders.

The question for us is the same as it was for the Corinthians, “Why do you not rather accept wrong … or let yourselves be cheated?”

A Christian does not need to be constantly defending his or her rights, looking out for number one, or making sure she’s not a “doormat.” We should be much more concerned about whether or not God is receiving glory through our lives and responses. Romans 12.19b-21 tells us
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“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
 “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
 If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
 For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

prayerLord, help us to not be constantly focused on ourselves and our own self-interest. Help us to be kingdom-minded, trusting you and doing all in our power to see that You receive glory and honor in every area of our lives. Help us to trust You to deal with those who do us wrong in Your timing and in Your way. Help us to bless them and overcome evil with good. We ask this in Christ’s name and for His glory. Amen.

Blessings,
Donna

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