Litigation

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I. BELIEVERS SHOULD AVOID LAWSUITS WITH ONE ANOTHER
Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?  Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world?  And if the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?  Do you not know that we shall judge angels?  How much more, matters of this life?  If then you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?  I say this to your shame.  It is so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?  Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another.  Why not rather be wronged?  Why not rather be defrauded?  On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that your brethren (1 Corinthians 6:1-8).

II. SEEK TO PROMPTLY SETTLE LAWSUITS
Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, in order that your opponent may not deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.  Truly I say to you, you shall not come out of there, until you have paid up the last cent (Matthew 5:25-26).

For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle with him, in order that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison.  I say to you, you shall not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent   (Luke 12:58-59).

III. JESUS WANTS US TO BE OPEN HANDED WITH POSSESSIONS
And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also (Matthew 5:40).

. . . whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.  Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back  (Luke 6:29-30).

IV. OLD TESTAMENT EXAMPLE OF UNRIGTHEOUS LAWSUITS
Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, so that He does not hear . . . No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly . . . (Isaiah 59:2, 4).


 

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