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?
—1 Corinthians 6:1-6
by: Joy Choquette.
Have you ever felt so angry at a fellow church member that you held fictitious arguments in your mind? Ever seethed silently during a church meeting while keeping up a façade of calm? Have you ever felt marginalized, misunderstood, or maligned by your brothers and sisters in Christ? If so, you are not alone. What you decide to do with those feelings and beliefs, though, is important. Bring in a third party—like the pastor, a deacon, or another church helper—to help both sides sort through the problem. God does not promise us a life without strife, but He does promise to be with us through every part of life.