Sometimes it’s better to be wronged than be right.
These days everyone is trying to win an argument. In our zeal, we care less about knowledge than victory and so we win fights we should lose. Wise people know that losing sometimes leads to better learning and righteous living. Consider this – God chose to be wronged on the cross rather than win an argument.
The Bible says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” (Phil 2:14-15) That’s a call to listen before you speak, think deeply before you take a stand, and be humble enough to sometimes admit, “I was wrong.” When was the last time you did that? When was the last time someone changed your mind? For Christ-followers, it is a regular experience. We are lifelong learners, which is why they call us disciples – or perhaps you think Jesus is finished teaching you? I hope not. And by the way, this commitment to learning is why we bear crosses. We have learned that being wronged is sometimes better than being right because love exceeds rectitude. The Bible says, “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Cor 13:2) Why else was Jesus silent before our accusers (Mk 14:61) when He was far more “right” than they were? The Bible says, “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” (1 Peter 2:23). So the next time you have a choice between being right and being wronged, remember your Savior. He said nothing, but His silence still thunders across the planet, and we are saved. I’ll see you on Sunday. Be true!