OVERVIEW: Paul reminds the church that they have God’s Spirit with them, enabling them to solve problems without seeking help from those outside the church.
BIG IDEA: Don’t just stand there. Flee from temptation.
KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 6:1 (Paul to the Corinthians)
When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers!
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I have given you the Holy Spirit. My presence is amongst you. In the future—when Jesus returns—you will play a role in my judgment of the world. So use your gifts and seek me through the power of the Spirit to solve any dispute amongst you. There is no need to go to secular courts. Submit yourselves one to another and seek unity through the wise counsel of other believers.
And, yes, you are free in Christ. But that doesn’t mean you should do anything you want. Don’t automatically live according to the desires of your flesh. Evaluate what you desire or crave. Will it strengthen our relationship? Will it control how you think or act? Will it encourage other believers to live for me? You have free will, and you used that will to surrender your life to me. So seek me and trust me. Allow my Spirit to guide you. You will face challenging times where you’ll need to trust me and move forward in my power. And there will be tempting times where you’ll need to run the other way. You are never alone. Seek me, and I will guide you.
Is someone or something tempting you? Avoid the temptation or remove it if it confronts you. Has another believer deceived or offended you? Choose to forgive or seek help from other believers to remedy the problem is a God-honoring way.