Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 29th, 2020
Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over … and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 5:25-26 (NIV)
Settle Matters Quickly
The Criminal Code provides no statute of limitations for anything other than a summary conviction offense, such as causing a disturbance, trespassing and falsifying employment records. For indictable crimes such as major theft (over $5,000), murder, kidnapping or rape, you can be charged at any point in the future. Regardless of the date of the offense, the police may decide to convict if the alleged perpetrator is still alive, and there is sufficient evidence to support a conviction. There is a 10-year limitation on uncollected debt under the Income Tax Act.
My brother is a labour lawyer who does his best to avoid court. He much prefers to mediate a challenging situation so that the parties don’t have to appear before a judge. As long as they are talking with each other, they have control over the outcome. Once parties appear before a judge, the outcome is out of their hands and it is possible that the final outcome might not make either party happy. Jesus gives the same advice to those who are His followers. In Matthew 5:25-26: “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over … and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” Even if you are not facing a court case right now, Jesus offers wise advice to settle matters quickly. Are you at odds with someone? The only thing you get if you sweep something under the carpet is a bump in the carpet. Take time today to settle any issue you have with someone else.
These have been words from the heart.