Lawsuits Among Believers

Q. Re: 1 Cor. 6:7 “The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?” Some take this to mean no matter what a Christian should never go to court against another Christian. What is your interpretation of this?

A. It’s pretty clear that when Christians take each other to court it’s embarrassing to God. Paul said that it’s better to be wronged or cheated than to do this. As Christians we should be able to settle disputes among ourselves, or with the help of other believers. Christian conciliation services are available in most communities to help believers resolve disputes out of court.

Also, no matter how good you think your case is, most lawyers will tell you that going to court is like rolling the dice. You’re much better off trying to settle your differences before things get that far. Jesus said, As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison (Luke 12:58).

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