The public sector in our case seeks conflict!
Illustration of the employees at the Collection Agency here in Oslo.
Unfortunately, the Collection Agency does not care.
But also the State Administrator, Norway's Supreme Court, the Bailiff, the Civil Ombudsman, Oslo District Court, Borgarting Court of Appeal, Oslo City Council, the Planning and Building Agency in Oslo and all agencies involved!
They are all out to create conflict, revenge and all that our flesh stands for.
The Old Fallen Man:
Crazy. 5. 19 The works of the flesh are manifest. They are such as fornication, sexual immorality and indecent excesses.
20 They are idolatry, magic, hatred, envy, anger, intrigue, party activity and sectarianism.
21 They are also reluctance, murder, drunkenness, riots, and the like. I have told you before, both mentioned and informed you, that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God
It is important to live according to God's word, in everything.
Room. 12. 17 And do not return evil for evil, but do good to all men.
18 If possible, as far as it is up to you, live in peace, and be a peacemaker among all people.
19 Beloved, do not take revenge, but give room for anger, for it is written: 'Vengeance is mine! I will repay!' says Jehovah. Deuteronomy 32:35
20 Therefore: 'If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. Because if you do, you will heap hot coals on his head!' WORDS 25,21-22
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good!
At the same time, we shouldn't accept everything either:
Ephesus. 4. 25 Therefore you shall put away falsehood and 'every one of you shall speak the truth about his neighbor,' for you shall be members of one another. CASE 8,16
26 'In their anger, do not sin!' Do not let the sun go down on their anger. ROOM 4,5
27 And don't give the Devil a foothold either!
28 He who steals shall no longer steal, but rather be busy striving and working for what is good. Then you have something to share with those who need it.
29 Do not let one rotten word come out of your mouth, but only that which is useful for the edification of others and for the grace of those who listen.
30 Do not shame God's holy spirit, which you have received as a seal until the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, anger, wrath, noise and blasphemy be far away from you, together with all malice.
32 Be kind to one another, be tender-hearted and forgive one another, for in this way God also forgave you through Christ.
Ephesus. 5. 11 Do not become part of the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
There is a balance here!
When I look back on my life as a believer. Then one is excessively encouraged and taught to always turn the other cheek.
Accept injustice and loss.
Yes, that is also what the scriptures teach.
This is what Jesus said and taught in the Sermon on the Mount:
Matt. 5. 38 "You have heard that it is said: 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' Exodus 21,24
39 But I say: Do not resist someone who is evil. For if anyone strikes you with the palm of your hand on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if anyone sues you to rob you of your coat, give him your coat also.
41 And if anyone compels you to go one mile with him, then go two.
Scripture is not clear!
The scripture also says i.a. we shall chastise the unfruitful works of darkness.
In many other places, scripture says we should not accept injustice.
Here in our case, the public dispute is sought.
Since we have not readily accepted their evil deeds.
They drive on with everything they can to break us if possible.
Not going to write a long thesis here. Just trying to point out that in the face of injustice. In the face of struggle become human beings. Who is looking for conflict.
Not solution oriented, and try to create peace and a good solution. So you need a lot of things. Finally, I would like to mention two things.
1.) James 1. 5 And if anyone lacks wisdom, you should pray to God, who gives to everyone liberally without rebuke, and he will give it to you.
Here is what we have done in this matter. And always. Ask for wisdom when you don't fully know which direction to go. This is what scripture says. Amen!
2.) Exodus 14. 13 Then Moses said to the people: Fear not, now stand here and see the Lord's salvation, which he will send you today! Because as you see the Egyptians today, you will never see them again in eternity. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you will be quiet.
This is very important and instructive. God says clearly in his word that the Lord will fight for us as believers.
As believers, we never engage in violence, retaliation or revenge.
This is something the Lord takes care of, as he says in his own word.
He will FIGHT FOR US, AMEN!