You might of heard the expression “fight fire with more fire.” But, what does that cause? It causes total destruction. I have seen in many situations in others peoples lives that they think rebuking and getting revenge on those who hurt them is the best solution. I believe that the best solution in solving a dispute is with love. With peace. With forgiveness. That’s pretty tough isn’t it? From my own personal experience, loving and choosing to forgive those who wronged you is the best solution you could make.
“with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3
There is a particular story in the Bible that has to do with choosing to have peace: “And he came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.” Luke 6:17-19, 22-23
So, what does Jesus mean when he says “blessesd are you when people hate you?” That doesn’t sound cheery or something to be ecstatic about. It simply means that when we profess our faith to others and show them love, even if we don’t get it in return, our reward is in heaven. God knows that in order to serve Him, we will be persecuted, mocked, bashed, and made fun of in His Son’s name. But, the prize we are all racing for will be so worth it in the end.
“to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24
This verse is extremely important when it comes to having peace with our enemies. It is very easy (I suffer with this as well) to act like my old, danky self and lash back or become angry. What does this lead to? It leads to pain, saddness, and destruction. We as humans think the best possible solution when someone hurts us is to get even with them. To say hurtful things. Don’t we realize that person we want to hurt, is already hurting. I know in the past I have had a huge anger problem. I thought that yelling evil words and pointing out my enemies flaws to raise myself up was the best solution. Uhm, what a fool I am! I am supposed to love those who hurt me. I’m supposed to uplift those who cause me pain. What good is it to rebuke someone who is looking for a way out of the darkness? Why cover someone with more pain when they’re trying to escape it?
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
This verse wraps up perfectly what peace is. It’s so difficult to love those who hurt you. I know that. I’m still struggling to this day to love people who have scolded me. But, it is worth it. It’s not only pleasing to God, but it’s also healing. It will free you from the chains of chaos. It will reveal your heart and show you what you really are, love. Pray today for someone who has hurt you. And instead of lighting your torch of revenge, ignite the fire of peace. Because peace and love covers all. Extinguish fire with peace.