Why not be cheated?
1 Corinthians 6:7”…….Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?
Observe Paul’s tone, he is annoyed and angry at believers running around to people to solve their problems. Each time I get to this scripture, I have never stopped feeling nonplussed and startled at the high expectations of God from us! In my experience, I have watched Bible-reading, born-again, big-talk Christian families run to the police station, courts and relatives to solve silly family disputes. They trust police stations and courts more than church and the leadership of the church, anybody listening? Sadly, most of the them are highly educated people too, but do not have Bible knowledge though, which is exactly the reason why they run the opposite direction and blasphemy the name of the Lord. Police stations and courts are not wrong places; however, what the Bible emphasizes is that solve them yourself or endure, rather than run around for silly matters.
Someone has taken your parking space, damaged your car inadvertently, the neighbor and his ten dogs disturb you miserably, arrogantly someone parks his car right in front of your gate, noise, dirt, disturbance, property disputes and million other things irritate us every day, but the Bible tells us to suffer wrong and not make a great scene when cheated. Anybody listening? Is it possible to remain silent when you are affected? I guess, none of us can do this on our own, but we can do this through Jesus Christ who gives us the strength. When Abide School moved into the new rented building (we stay now), initially the unruly boys of that locality started throwing stones inside our school, the teachers and the children got very scared, we spoke to the parents and also rebuked the boys but the problems got worse than stop, now along with my husband, I started praying for the neighbors and good relationship between us every day, we went around the school daily and prayed. After about a year, (note, it didn’t happen immediately) the family that stayed opposite our school and created the most racket, approached me two weeks back and donated rice and dhal for the students. Glory to Jesus! Jesus can reverse the situation when you pray, do you hear me?
Let me tell you something, surrounded by idol worship and secular people who have no clue about our God and the Bible, are looking at us and our life! Caution! Your kindness, gentleness, compassion, long-suffering and patience should impact them and bring them to Christ!