Often we American Christians are prideful. It is easy for other Christians to offend us. We fight and bicker and attack other Christians for every tiny, supposed, infringement on our “rights.” Some of the Christians in the first century church at Corinth had the same problem. They were always getting angry at each other and suing each other in court. This is how the Apostle Paul responded to their behavior.
7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters. (I Corinthians 6:7-8 NIV)
Why, sometimes, don’t we let ourselves be cheated. Why do we get so angry with others over financial disputes? Wouldn’t it be better just to let them have the $100 or whatever for the sake of peace? But you would say “No, I can’t submit out of principle!” My question for you is “what principle?” are you standing up for the principle of love, or the principle of pride and self righteousness? It’s not usually about the money, is it? It’s about winning the debate. Well sometimes it is better to lose the debate and save a friend. Let your pride go. Jesus gave His life to restore His relationship with your brother. How much are you willing to give?