It Means ……..None of that eye for an eye stuff! None of this, get them before they get you! No tit for tat. No retaliating. There is a passage that says:
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
Words of Jesus. I have left a trail of blessing my enemies and people who hurt me. I had one he tried to take everything, I gave him the rest!
Now Here is the balance of things:
WE have to walk that balance of resisting the devil and learning to bless our enemies at the same time. This isn’t either or. Not pacifist or warrior for the sake of self.
JESUS Is so smart! you know? Wise as a Serpent. Not being duped. Not believing every con artist that comes along. Checking things out and Watching over the family, the goods and the blessings God has bestowed on you. (Being a good steward!).
Many think this stuff is either or….either you bless OR you resist the devil and he flees. Nope! You pray about each case, and you ask the Lord what to do. I am assuming you believe in being filled with the Spirit daily? Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said “MY SPIRIT” will teach you (to his disciples) No he wasn’t joking around.
He did not say, “Here is my new 220 commandments,” Now, write it all down and post it on the church wall. How do we teach people to walk by the Spirit?
We really don’t. We can’t! We can only exhort, encourage and TESTIFY!
We can try to teach and by the way giving knowledge is teaching (breaking things down so we understand it) but we add to our faith Knowledge, Self Control, we do the next thing God asks …………So I’m testifying……
God has never led me to retaliate or “Pay someone back” …..He always leads me to bless whether it’s praying for them, giving more somehow or maybe leaving them alone because that’s what they wanted from me.
Gentleness is not for wimps! It takes guts! Courage! Help from GOD to do it! I have great respect for the Holy Spirit. He does what God tells him to do. God said Let there be light, His Spirit went and THERE IT WAS! LIGHT!
that’s enough for now. Love peace and blessings! Father give us the GUTS to do things your way! Give us the FAITH (even though you already have) Help us find within ourselves the courage to make decisions that glorify you Father! IN Jesus’ name! amen.
Laura Grace, minister of the Lord Jesus Christ. Peace!