Why Not Rather Be Wronged?

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I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another – and this in front of unbelievers! The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?
1 Corinthians 6:5-7

So many times Christians are more concerned about their rights than they are about their witness. We forget that unbelievers are watching. When we are the focus of our existence, and self advancement is the purpose of our mission, it is extremely hard to cope with injustice. When Christ is the focus for our existence, and spreading the gospel is the purpose of our mission, injustice seems too trivial to quarrel over.

Be conscious of the fact that your witness for Christ is more important than getting justice when you are wronged. Understand that unbelievers are watching your life in the way you handle mistreatment. If you are wronged by a brother or sister in Christ, don’t bring unbelievers into the dispute. Be willing to be wronged and cheated before compromising the effectiveness of the gospel.

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times that I have put my “rights” in front of my mission. I pray that you help keep my focus on you and the mission you have given me so that mistreatment would seem too trivial for me to quarrel over. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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