Wronged, wronger still

“Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated?” – 1 Corinthians 6:7 (NLT)

We need to be right. It is the American way. The problem is that it isn’t God’s way.

Our self-righteousness gets in God’s way, our own way. When we are wronged, we don’t need to be repaid. We don’t need to have the world know that the other person was wrong, to have them publicly shamed. Our call is to forgiveness. Even if is at our own expense, especially if it is at our own expense, we must forgive.

But we don’t. We like to be right. And we like the world to know it.

Pride and greed are to blame. Justice is our justification. “The wrongdoer must answer to justice,” we proclaim. That is true. The problem is that we aren’t preserving justice by shaming them or obtaining recompense. We are furthering our own “good” image, furthering our materialism. Why that Scripture looks a little bit insane to us, doesn’t it? Can we really accept that it is better for us to allow ourselves to be cheated?

Judge and jury is what we see ourselves as. We don’t really trust God’s justice, do we? After all, God is a bit crazy. He likes to do that whole forgiving evil people thing. And then where are we left? As the older brother of the prodigal son. Sanctimonious, hubris-laden fools.

Release your grip on yourself. Release your grip on this world. Grasp onto God and His ways. A wiser man than myself once sang that “letting go gives a better grip”. Let go of what you cannot hold on to, to hold on to the only thing worth holding on to.

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