KEY SCRIPTURE: Mat 26:52 NHEB” Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword.”
We continue with our walk with Jesus through the gospels. The Lord instructs the child of God, not to be violent. Matthew; 5:39 NHEB ‘But I tell you, do not set yourself against the one who is evil. But whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.” In this scripture the Lord gave a proverbial statement, implying that, the child of God should not be violent. He did not mean you must in practice turn the other cheek for a second slap. You always reap what you sow. The Lord says, those who lift up swords will die by the sword. Those who give slaps, will receive the same.
You always receive what you sow, but in a bigger measure, pressed down shakened together, running over, shall men give to you. (Luke 6;38)
In our Lord’s encounter with the mob who came to arrest Him, he maintained His calmness and even restored the ear that was chopped off. Luke 22:51 KJV “And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.” These were people who had come to arrest and maltreat the Him, yet He healed the man whose ear was cut off. Jesus was indeed on top of the situation. How was He able to keep calm under such a provocative situation? The Lord knew He had a mission to accomplish. He came to save and not to destroy. That was what He had been sent to do, and nothing will take Him from that course.
Dear one, are you living your life according to what people do and say to you? Many people would miss their ultimate destination and reward before the Lord, because they led their lives after how others treated them. Are you becoming vengeful because somebody mistreated and mishandled you? That posture of anger and fury would destroy you. Your anger and violent reactions may lead you to hell, if you don’t repent. The Lord at the end of the day, would not say, you acted angrily against others because of what Mr A or B did to you. YOU must under all conditions act in respect to the word of God. Don’t accept the saying that, I am a man and have feelings. As children of God, we are in the Spirit. (Rom 8:9,10). We must be led by the word and not our feelings.
I am born of the Spirit and live in the Spirit. I walk by the influence and power of the Spirit. I have control over my flesh and feelings. I demonstrate the life in the Spirit, bringing glory to God my father.
Rom 8:9 KJV” But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Gal 6:7 KJV “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.