I find this verse fascinating. To Paul, accepting injustice and allowing others to wrong him was an everyday occurrence. And to ask these questions was a perfectly reasonable thing to ask other believers. However, it seems to me, today, that to fight personal injustice in order to claim whatever it is we think it is we are legally entitled to, is seen as the only possible course of action if we have been wronged in some legally provable way. We most commonly we see this played out in an ever increasing number of divorce proceedings and personal injury claims. But to sue your spouse for custody of the children or some anonymous corporation for damages because you slipped in their marble clad foyer is a choice we can refuse. There is no law against accepting injustice or letting yourself be cheated.
1 Corinthians 6:1-8 NLT
When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! Don’t you realise that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realise that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers! Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? Instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your fellow believers.
All of us have been wronged or hurt by others at some point in our lives. Sometimes it has been possible to forgive these wrongs, but other times it has not been so easy. In fact, most of us are probably still holding on to a few precious hurts, and some of those probably go back many years. My Goal today is to think long and hard about what Paul is saying in today’s passage. I will not fight those who wish to fight and I will accept what ever injustice may result. I will choose to allow those who would cheat me to do their worst. And I will put my trust in the Lord and let him judge those who would hurt me. I said in a TWG a while back that the key to compassion and peace was forgiveness. So I am aiming to try to make forgiveness and acceptance a more normal part of my daily life.
Ezra 10:1-44, 1 Corinthians 6:1-20, Psalms 31:9-18, Proverbs 21:3