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Give Up Right for Peace Sake

In short, we must be willing to give up our right for peace sake. This is explicitly said in the following words:

Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 1. Corinthians 6:7, 8.

Some persons think that following such counsel is a recipe for becoming a doormat for others to walk upon. This is not necessarily the case. Do we think that others are oftentimes not aware when they are being unkind to us? Very often, they are very much aware. And for this reason, they expect a fight. When you do not resist them and there is no fight, for the first time, they have an opportunity to reflect. Those who have a conscience will repent. Those who seem to have no conscience might not. But, would it have been better to fight? No. Even if you win the fight, there might remain lasting animosity. For a Christian it is not worth it.

Another consideration is that sometimes we genuinely think that we are right and it is only when we back down and look again at the disputed matter that we realize that we were wrong. Another possibility is that the other person might be wrong while thinking genuinely that he/she is right. And by us backing down that person reflects and sees that he/she was wrong. Of course, there is the worse case scenario, when we are in conflict with a genuinely ruthless person who will hurt and destroy without any compunction and will use your acquiescence to their advantage to further create distress for you. In such a case the best course is to leave the matter in God’s hands. Cry unto God! God is not indifferent. Jesus said:

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Luke 18:7, 8.

What if Martyrdom is Your Lot?

And yet, it is still possible that we do not see immediate redress. In that case, still leave it to God. Be patient. Even until death. God will not fail to honour you – if not in this life, certainly in the next. He knows why He would allow it, and He does all things well. Take comfort in the knowledge that Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, suffered and died and we are only walking the road that Jesus walked for us. In the same way that Jesus overcame the temptation to retaliate and has been greatly honoured by His Father, we will likewise be honoured. And, if in God’s wisdom, He sees it fit to allow us to experience a martyr’s death, it means that any trying on our part to have it otherwise would only place us outside of His will for us. In that case, we could verily lose out not only on eternal life, but even in this life as well.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. 1. Peter 2:21-23.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. Revelation 3:21.

Jesus Was Harmless

Jesus is highly honoured among Christians for His good work. What is little emphasized is the fact that, in addition to His good work, Jesus Christ was harmless. He was described as follows:

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. Hebrews 7:26.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Isaiah 53:7, 9.

Jesus Christ was harmless and He has called upon His followers to be harmless.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16.

SERIES: Are you harmless?

PART ONE: Mark of True Christianity
PART 2: Forgive them because they do not know any better
PART 3: Love is harmless
PART 4: For Peace Sake
PART 5: True Christians are harmless
PART 6: Following Jesus
PART 7: Like Father, Like Son
PART 8: Understanding the wrath of God
PART 9: God’s Character
PART 10: Acquiring a new heart
PART 11: Are you truly harmless?