1 Corinthians 6-8~ Day 67~ Going to court over a puppy?

”As it is, to have legal disputes against one another is already defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?  (5:7)

In our extremely litigious culture, this is a hard one to live by, don’t you think? Now, Paul is talking about legal disputes between believers.  It’s a different story when a believer is dragged to court by a nonbeliever. At times there is nothing that can be done about that.  But, what about between two believers who both feel right?

I have an example in my own life how I could have handled a situation better if I went with Paul’s words, “Why not rather be cheated?”  Several years ago I decided to breed my dog.  The owner of the stud was extremely excited about getting an offspring of her beloved dog.  The problem occurred when her male, though desperately trying for a week, was unable to “do the deed”.  As a result, my female was coming to the end of her heat with no “consummation of the marriage” so to speak. The other owner suggested and it was decided that I, the owner of the female, would pay for artificial insemination before my dog’s heat completely ended. This was done and the resulting pregnancy produced a singleton.   That’s right, one puppy!! The owner of the male came to see the singleton and stated, “We get pick of the litter and that’s our pick!”  I replied, “We didn’t get a litter. So you don’t get this puppy.”  Their response was to threaten us with a law suit!! 😯

We were both believers....what should we do????

If I had read this letter to the Corinthians while I was going through this puppy issue, I may have been inspired to relinquish the puppy and just let the incident pass without making a fuss, even though I felt like I was in the right. Why was I willing to put my Christian image on the line for a puppy?  My desire to keep the puppy, or my desire to be right, should never be greater than my desire to represent Jesus well.

I am so thankful, looking back, that this event did not lead to a lawsuit! It was decided between us to breed the dogs again and the owner would get 2 puppies from the next litter.  Thank goodness that there was wisdom displayed in what was a very emotional situation for both parties!

God, please help me to always have wisdom, but if I fail in that area, help me to be ok with being wronged or cheated.  Help me to see that things aren’t as big of a deal as they seem at the time. In the  big picture, being a good representative for you is far more important than me wanting to get my way!!  Help me remember that!! 


Rapster J said…
That's a very good example! And while especially true of Christians, I would say neighbors are the next group (love your neighbor as yourself? except if you block my ocean view?). Hardly anything is worth the win and ruining a relationship over.

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