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Originally posted at Christian Post December 18, 2015.
My husband has his own small business, construction, and he was sub-contracted for another small business, also construction. Since both men are believers, how do we biblically handle not being paid for the job? (The main contractor) keeps promising, but not paying. Thank you!
A Concerned Wife
Dear Concerned Wife,
When it comes to a disagreement within the family of God, the Bible has some concrete advice. You’ve already taken the first step, but let’s look at the rest.
In Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus said: “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.”
Your question implies that your husband has already spoken to him privately and received nothing but empty promises. Before taking the next steps outlined in Matthew 18, I suggest the following: