We chose not to sue because of our spiritual convictions and my desire to devote my emotional energy to my health and family. According to the law firm we contacted and friends within the medical field, I had the makings of a legitimate malpractice lawsuit. Facing a future that contains the real threat of large medical bills, the thought of securing a large settlement appealed to our hearts.

We long for earthly security, but we long even more for the peace produced by a clean conscience. As we weighed the merits of a lawsuit, the Lord kept directing Peter back to 1 Corinthians 6:7 where the Apostle Paul writes, “To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?” The glory of the Christian comes not from gaining revenge but from following Christ who extended mercy to those who wronged Him. Even if we would have won, we believe it is better to suffer a wrong than to gain vengeance. We prefer the security of Christ over the security of the bank.

In addition, I did not want to expend my limited amounts of energy giving depositions while figuring out treatment plans and caring for our family. A lawsuit at that time felt more like a heavy burden that I did not want to carry.

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