Forums Focus, a weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders
Last time we focused on Financial Review: Lending. Is your lending consistent with Biblical Principles? Are you helping or hurting those you lend to? Is lending helping or hurting your business? Is God being honored?
This week we will focus on Financial Review: Collection. If you lend you will also have to collect. What are some Biblical Principles on collection?
When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers! Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? But instead, one believer sues another—right in front of unbelievers! 1 Corinthians 6:1-6 NLT
Does this apply to collecting bad debts? Does this mean we should not sue a fellow believer who owes money? If we’re not to sue, what do we do? Jesus gave us some instructions.
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17 NLT
Step 1. Communicate privately with the fellow believer. The Bible is clear – The wicked borrow and never repay, but the godly are generous givers. Psalm 37:21 NLT Note: Jesus said, If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. Step 2. Take one or two others with you. Why? So that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. Why is it important the witnesses understand both party’s positions? (Might you be wrong?) Step 3. Take your case to the church. How do these three steps protect you? What are you to do if the church finds in your favor?
1 Corinthians 6:7 NLT gives us factor another to consider – Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated?
Have you ever done this? Have you known anyone who did?
Bit of Wisdom
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing. Psalm 37:23-26NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Have you hosted a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.