1 Corinthians 5-6 B

“Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. 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.” (6:7-8)

I am convinced the number one piece of evidence for someone being a true follower of Christ is how they reject self-preservation. Jesus leads us into outrageous self-sacrifice and generosity. In an unexpected twist, we often discover the richest and deepest blessings in those practices.

The natural tendency of humanity is to throw each other under the bus and save our own tushes. Adam threw Eve under the bus with alarming speed and ease. Jesus came along as the NEW ADAM and broke the cycle of death, by going under the bus Himself.

Therefore, it is fundamentally contradicting to claim discipleship of Christ and then also attack your fellow man. It is better to be wronged, better to be defrauded, than take down another person. This is the way of Christ.

Are you currently battling someone? What feels at stake if you lose? What is at stake if they lose? What would it look like to choose being wronged? It’s okay if that idea sucks, just talk to the LORD about it and see what His Spirit can do.

-Bethany

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