As we continued our tour through 1 Corinthians we come to a passage in chapter 6 that asks a “justice” question.
Paul is challenging the Corinthian church about forgiveness, settling disputes and even lawsuits. In this area, Paul states that they are defeated already because the are suing each other!
He finally asks them a great question:
“Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren.” (1 Cor. 6:7-8)
Wasn’t it our founder Jesus who said, ”
whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.” (Mt. 5:39-42)
Justice seems to scream in our pysche, but Jesus screams grace even in suffering. Being “wronged” isn’t the worst thing. Jesus warned us that we would suffer for him. Sometimes that comes at the hands, actions and words of others who sin against us. Even that suffering isn’t the worst thing that can happen.
When you are thinking this week, “That’s not fair,” He might be calling you to a new place of love and grace that can accept being wronged.