Read 1 Corinthians 6
Focus on verse 7-8
We live in a culture that has bound itself to the letter of the law no matter what the result of that law might be. This mindset prompts greedy people to sue one one another just because they can, and the lawyers are eager to press the case because they also have much to gain by it.
It takes a person of integrity to not pursue a legal case that could be won, on the basis that it would not be morally right to proceed. Greed is funny that way – it can turn the best of us into monsters who justify defrauding one another because it happens to be “legal” according to the law.
Apparently this is not a new phenomena, since the Apostle Paul seems to address it in his letter to the Corinthians. He seems quite disturbed with the news that the Corinthian believers were taking each other to secular courts with their disputes.
To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers! (v. 7-8)
Paul’s argument is that a followers of Jesus we should be able to settle our differences with one another without taking legal action, even if it comes down to choosing to allow oneself to be defrauded. To Paul it was a greater wrong, and an embarrassment to the body of Christ, to take the dispute before a secular judge for the matter to be settled.
In the greater context of 1 Corinthians, it would seem that if followers of Jesus claim to love one another as God has first loved and forgiven them, there should never be an occasion where one believer files a lawsuit against another. It just should never happen since the premise of doing so would indicate that there is an unwillingness to forgive an offense.
Jesus made it quite clear in Matthew 6:14-15, that if we choose not to forgive one another, God will choose not to forgive us. It would seem then that forgiveness is a big deal to God, and if it is a big deal to God, perhaps it should also be a big deal to us? It is really not that complicated, though it may be a hard thing to do in some cases… it is just a intentional choice to let it go!