But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated? No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat, and you do these things to your brethren! (1 Corinthians 6:6-8)
Can I Accept Wrong?
Freedom has a heavy price tag. It leaves the impression that I have rights in everything I want and everything I do. This is the deceptive nature of freedom that says there are no limits to what I can do or what I am prohibited in doing. Enjoying freedom as a citizen does not allow me to drive as fast as I want or take things without paying for them first. Freedom has limitations.
We have been set free from sin but this does not allow freedom to be according to our passions. Christ has set us free to live within the boundaries of His Father’s will. There are many things we are not at liberty to engage in as people of God. In Corinth the church had a problem of brethren taking one another to law. As people of God this was a shameful thing to consider Christians did not have enough love and respect for one another to work out their problems with themselves. The first lesson is that problems should be worked out among those who love the Lord. If two people love the Lord with all their heart, mind and soul then the basis of their fellowship with Jesus Christ will teach them to sit down and work out whatever legal problem there is. But there is one more step that may be needed.
A circumstance could arise where the legal satisfaction of the parties is not possible. If this is the case the apostle admonishes the brethren to consider giving up their legal pursuit and suffer loss. As an example of this kind of love a debt of $5,000 could be owed and legal justification could be established for such a claim. For whatever reasons the claim cannot be settled to the satisfaction of the parties involved. The wisdom of the Lord declares that it would be better to write off the money rather than harm the cause of Christ. Everything we do should bring glory to God. Dragging our brethren into court to regain an amount of money (or other legal issues) does not give our Father glory and we should walk away from it. Wow. That is tough but it is the right thing to do.
What separates the people of God from the world is how we handle things in life. Our Master is in heaven and He is not partial. Nothing in this world is worth destroying the relationship of the harmony of righteousness between brethren. If it means I must suffer loss or be defrauded to honor my Lord – may I have the heart and willing mind to submit my will to the grace of God.
There is no true holiness without humility. (Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732)