Doctrinal, End Times, Hell, Judge

Judge Judge Judge – διακρίνω – Study 5-B

Because of the Cross

Thanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.

Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement. 

What can a Christian judge?  How is he to judge?  What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge.  So many questions and concerns. 

Our fifth greek word related to judging is…

diakrinō

διακρίνω – diakrinō – doubt, judge, discern, contend, waver, misc

This word is found 19 times in 18 verses within the New Testament.  A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study.  I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder

Let’s remember that the general meaning of this word is to separate thoroughly, to make a distinction.

 

1 Corinthians 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,

In our previous post, we emphasized the division one can find within himself.  A double minded man.  (Should I mention that? Oh I don’t know – Maybe????)

This verse speaks of a double minded pair of believers.  Two brothers who both have the mind of Christ and that both of them are not exercising the mind of Christ, since there is a dispute.  That is the core problem.  Both brothers are exhibiting a spirit of pride that will not allow for a shared resolution.

But it gets worse.

No one in the entire body of believers can guide these two bothers to a peaceful resolution.  Does no one have the wisdom to exercise a humble spirit and to seek peace amongst the brethren.

Might I suggest that the item of dispute isn’t the problem, so much as the refusal of a brother to seek peace with another brother.  Remember it is blessed to be a peace maker.

Are you willing to give up a debt to a brother in order to keep peace?

Consider

1 Corinthians 6:1-7

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?

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?

Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!

 

So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?
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,

 

but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?

 

To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?

Did you read what Paul suggested for the resolution of the wrong in verse 7?  Why not rather be defrauded?  What – that is not justice!
Story Time
We are currently in a disagreement with a former renter, demanding all his security deposit back.
We had clearly indicated the reason for the reduced refund, and after his terse response, we offered him additional funds to try to satisfy his demands.  At this point, he demanded all of his deposit back (even though proof of damages were clearly provided to him.)
A few days later, as I was considering the situation, I came across (providentially?) verse 7 above, where Paul asks the audacious question
Why not rather be defrauded?
Now I don’t know if he is a believer, but we are called to be peacemakers, so I discussed with my wife and we agreed to simply provide a full refund.
At the time of writing, this tenant has refused this offer, and has actually informed us he was taking us to court.
What?
Sometimes I struggle with the species I belong to.
I look forward to comments and discussion.  May the Lord give you an understanding heart and a willing spirit to consider the Bible and all it’s wealth.

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