Dealing with grievance/dispute between Christian Leaders…..

1Co 6:1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
1Co 6:2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
1Co 6:3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!
1Co 6:4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?
1Co 6:5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers,
1Co 6:6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
1Co 6:7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
Mat 5:25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. (ESV)

It is sad to see that people are not ready to look into grievances that they have against each other by being humble before God and submitting to saints and elders. They rather let matters get out of hand and allow the matter to go to secular courts and press or take the matter themselves. Why? Can’t the leader take initiative and solve matters amicably? 1Cor 6:7 has some strong words for such leaders. Better to suffer wrong, lose chair than behave in an arrogant manner just to keep power. Nothing Christ-ian about fighting for one’s own rights and disobeying the Word of God.

Mat 5:23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
Mat 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (ESV)

How sad that we would like to be called Christian Leaders but remain arrogant and do not wish to humble ourselves when faced with grievance/disputes.

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