No one likes to be wronged; to be treated unfairly. When there is a sense of a grave injustice being done to us, like when someone sits in our seat at church or takes our parking spot. When someone offends us by doing something and acting someway towards us which we don’t appreciate. They get “lippy”; they show no “respect”. We get angry.
After all, who are they to treat us like this? And it quickly becomes evident that the sin of self, that old sin of pride which the scriptures refer to as “the flesh”, has been incubating just beneath the surface (yes, me too from time to time).
Reading through 1 Corinthians, the situation I just described was a mild case compared to what Paul was dealing with there. In the city of Corinth Christians where actually taking each other to court they were so mad at each other. Someone offended this person or that person; someone wronged someone else; another person was cheated by someone and everyone was getting offended by everybody else.
Paul takes a step back to observe this sorry state of affairs before he finally pleads, “brothers…
“Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.” – 1 Corinthians 6:7-8
Paul is flabbergasted by the way the body of Christ is treating one another. “Why not rather be wronged”. That is not “be wrong”, it’s “be wronged”. Allow yourself to be offended. Water under the bridge. Let it go.
Ask yourself, “Is the situation worth the relationship?” Shall we be divided because someone has offended us? If so, then we are dividing the body of Christ.
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:27
Christ cannot be divided. To be a follower of Christ is to rather be “wronged” then to divide the body of Christ. It is to love your brother (and sister) and place them before yourself. “Have this mind in you” Paul councils, “which was also in Christ Jesus”. He continues:
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being likeminded, have the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” – Philippians 2:1-4