SETTLING OUT OF COURT

Within the Law of God, much attention is giving to conflict resolution and dealing with injustice. If you break the law, there are systems to deal with resolving matters. Before a matter between you and another escalates to taking legal action, Jesus gives us a new way of thinking about conflict resolution. 




Instead of basing our responses on defensiveness and retaliation, let’s look for ways to settle out of court. If we need to use the courts, let us use them appropriately without malice. 

Matthew 5:
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. 25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

God would rather that you resolve your issues peacefully before coming to worship. He places a higher value on conflict resolution than church attendance. Some day you may need to skip church so you can get together and seek peace with someone that you are in disagreement with. Coming back to church after settling a matter will give you a healthier understanding of how God’s Kingdom works. 




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