Matthew 26:63 says “ But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the son of God.”
I would like to share with you this week a subject that I believe we all are in need of God showing us how to handle. The subject is “handling your enemies” or “how to handle the people who have done you wrong.” This is a hard thing to do and still show the love of God while doing it. One of the hardest thing to do as a Christian is to let your pride go and allow God to work out the issues or problems in your life.
Have you ever been hurt by a close friend, a church member or a leader, perhaps a close relative? You never thought they would do such a thing to you, did you? After all the many, many things you’ve done for them. It has left you scared and you are at the point of wanting to take matters into your own hands, telling them about how they did you wrong. It could be that at one time you wanted to put your hands on them — and I am not talking about “holy hands” — the hands of anger, hands of revenge or hands of frustration. I want to let you know how God would want you to deal with these people who have hurt you in this fashion.
As Jesus was standing in the midst of his enemies, the Bible says he “held his peace,” and if Jesus did it, then he is holding you and me accountable to do the same.
The Bible says in Proverbs 15:1, “a soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.” When standing in the midst of those that have wronged you, if you were to speak, let it be a clam tone voice, with words that brings God glory. If you have nothing to say, or if feel like you can’t handle being in their presence, then say nothing at all and stay away from them until God tells and shows you how to deal with it. Let God work in the issue, for he has seen all the many things that these people have done to you. Hold your peace, and (tongue) so that God can be pleased in how you handle your enemies. All that you can control is your response, that’s all. What they say and do, you have no control over, so let God deal with them — He will in his way and in his timing.