James Brausch has a problem.
It involves mistreatment at the hands of CDBaby, a company James uses to distribute his CDs. Apparently, CDBaby may be involved in contest fixing.
Anyway, James has asked for his readers to respond to the question: "What would you do?" He has already suggested a lawsuit, doing nothing, chalking it up to a learning experience, etc.
If I was in James shoes, I'd be angry. I'd feel slighted. And I'd want to do something about it. Nobody likes to be treated unfairly. But before I offer any advice, let me share a minor situation that happened to me this past week.
As you might already know, I recently wrote and published "How to Get Your First Copywriting Client in 14 Days or Less." It is available on Clickbank.
So far, I've had a very low return rate. But one customer who requested a refund stood out. He bought my report and returned it only a couple of hours later.
I remembered the man's name because he had purchased one of James Brausch's products on my recommendation last fall. The man then requested a refund for that product as well... about three days later.
By all appearances, this man is a criminal.
I was prepared to publicly humiliate this man and warn other info marketers to delete his name from their lists. But that's the human in me talking.
As I did my reading this morning, I was reminded of my higher calling. By quoting what I read today, perhaps I can remind James of his higher calling, too.
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Jesus spoke these words in Luke 6:27-36.
I tell you what, it is hard to love your enemies! And yet it is what God calls us to do.
My advice is simply this: Be merciful. Turn the other cheek. Pray for those who mistreat you.