In Matthew 26:63, it 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 God will need to show you and you and I how to handle. The subject is “how to deal with your enemies” or “how to handle people who have done you wrong.”
This will happen this year; it’s possible that it has already happened for some of you, and I hope and pray that you handled it the way Jesus would want you to.
One of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to let your pride go and allow God to work out the issues or problems. Have you ever been hurt by a close friend, a church member, leader, or a close relative? You never thought they would do such a thing to 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, and tell 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” but 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 that 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 with a calm tone to your voice, with words that bring God glory. Let God work this out; he has seen all the many things that these people have done to you. Hold your peace, so that God can be pleased in how you handle your enemies. All that you can control is your response; that’s all; You have no control over what they say and do, so let God deal with them in his way and timing rather than you.