Why Peace-Making Matters

This chapter looks at the next in a series of highly corrective themes from the Apostle Paul. Paul deals with the way church members were resolving (or not resolving!) their problems. What is exposed is how much of Corinth remains in the church. If you had an issue with someone in that city, you ran them off to the very public courts to fix it. It didn't matter if the other person's reputation was ripped apart along the way. That was simply how Corinthians handled issues of personal enmity. If the church’s reputation took a hit, well, that was just collateral damage! In digesting reports of these troubles, and writing back, Paul is beside himself. There was no attempt here not to shame the church members. He calls for a different approach and urges them to act like genuine members of the kingdom of God--a kingdom led by a new King.