“Why not rather put up with injustice? Why not rather let yourselves be cheated?” 1 Cor 6:7b
Some would say, “Ah Ha! Your scriptures promulgate victimhood!” Being passive in the face of injustice or a doormat for others’ selfishness is never healthy! So what does this mean for us who tend to allow ourselves to be used and cheated, in small ways but sometimes in greater ways?
Aside from the fact that this passage is meant for a different group of people for a particular reason for us it’s simply a matter of perspective. Whenever we are faced with injustice of any kind we need to ask ourselves, “Is this a battle worth fighting? Will more harm than good happen by taking someone to court, including harm to our selves? Will more good be done by putting up with the injustice or allowing someone to “get away with it?” Yes, there are such situations.
So fight for what is right. Don’t be a doormat. Stick up for yourself and others. Get out of abusive relationships or situations. If necessary, sue or press charges against an abuser or thief. In free countries we have a legal system to protect our God-given right to justice. What a blessing! Look what can happen where such a thing doesn’t exist!
On the other hand let’s not abuse the system simply to get what we want. If taking someone to court is not in line with your values and harm will be done perhaps it is best to put up with an injustice or a case of being cheated. The thief, cheat, and abuser cannot take their petty prizes with them to the grave. Best pray for their souls. Everything in this life passes away, except our integrity– or lack thereof. God judges accordingly. Praised be His name!
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