Tuesday, November 5, 2013

sermon on the mount --settle out of court

In Matthew 5:25-26 Jesus offers some interesting legal counsel. He suggests that it is best to settle legal matters out of court. Going to court leaves one subject to the potentially undesirable outcomes that might stem from a flawed, human judge.

Although this advice has some practical merit, it is not likely to always result in an optimum payout. While staying out of court reduces your risk, it may also greatly reduce your reward.

In terms of a spiritual “payout” however, this is great advice. For your legal opponent to be willing to settle out of court you must either become their friend or they must believe that court is not in their best interest. Either way, reconciliation on the road to the court constitutes a turn of grace, humility and deference.


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