On Sunday, Michele said something in her sermon that has stuck with me from the moment she said it. She said, “It does not matter if you are right if it does not achieve the righteousness of God.” We all know those people who have to be right no matter what. They may be a family member, a neighbor, a classmate or someone from church. Whoever they are, we have all had encounters with them.
When she said that on Sunday, I thought, “That’s me.”
Too many times I have that need to be right. Too many times it comes at the cost of someone else. Too many times it is about something that does not have a set right or wrong.
I’ve known that has been an issue, and it is something I have made strides in improving. However, on Sunday I saw a new side of the picture. Even if something has a right and wrong, and I am the one with the right opinion, what good am I doing trying to convince someone of that if it does not bring the righteousness of God?
More often than not, the need to be right is motivated by selfishness and pride. The need to be right is hardly ever for the benefit of someone else. In order to be a better friend and a better all around person, I think one should practice the art of being wrong. I do not know much about being wrong (joking!) but I do know that it takes humility and a willingness to put the needs of others before your own. God gave us a great example of how to do this. Even in our sin, God did not flaunt that He was right. Instead, He sent Jesus to die for us so that we may be redeemed. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
I encourage you to take some time this week to be wrong.
until next time…