For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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I Corinthians 6:1-11
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? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Essentially what is asked here is where do we place our trust and allegiance? We are given guidelines that set before us the way in which we shall live. Do we get the impression that we are in training for what is yet to come? Where do we go to be trained as an electrician? To electricians or those who know about electricity? So where do we go to be trained as believers set apart from the rest of mankind? To other believers who have the evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in their lives, to the Word of God, and to the Lord we follow? Can we begin to see that upon receiving Christ and his message of deliverance we have only begun to embark on an adventure that encompasses eternity? From our spiritual birth we must continue to grow and develop in him. So the focus is away from this world in matters dealing with one another. We bring our differences among ourselves to those who are believers, who understand the changes we are going through. We bring them to those who can act in love and compassion first, drawn from the understanding given through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.