Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Everyday Heroes (Part 8)
But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Matthew 27:14 (NKJV)
But they held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king's commandment was, 'Do not answer him.'
Isaiah 36:21 (NKJV)
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.
Proverbs 19:11 (NKJV)
If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.
Matthew 10:13 (NKJV)
Everyday heroes act uncommonly good in common situations. Everyday heroes are peacekeepers. A peacekeeper is 'one that preserves or promotes peace' (American Heritage Dictionary).
Where? In a hostile, tense, awkward or disastrous situation: one in which you find yourself surrounded by trouble.
Such as? 1) Jesus in the midst of angry men ready to stone an adulteress (John 8:1-12), 2) Jesus surrounded by a hometown mob ready to toss Him from a cliff (Luke 4:16-32), 3) Jesus left alone with a Samaritan woman at a well (John 4:4-42), or 4) Jesus facing a ruler who could sentence Him to death (Matthew 27).
Jesus demonstrated four peacekeeping techniques:
1) Pause, pray and redirect the attention of an angry group by a calm and indisputable truth.
2) Walk directly through the valley of the shadow of death (a.k.a. evildoers) under the protection of God.
3) Find common ground with an outcast, loner or enemy. Extend the hand of friendship.
4) Hold your peace. Neither speak nor cast your pearls before swine.
Recall John 14:27: 'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.' The peace of God is a gift from Him to you. The world cannot take your peace. But you can decide to share it... or not--depending on the situation.
As surely as Jesus paused to pray when He 'Stooped down and wrote on the ground with His Finger' (John 8:6), so should you pause to pray when trouble comes your way. Remember God's promise of peace; Unfailingly, He will give you the right response in the midst of mayhem.
Peacekeeping is a requirement for godly success.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Everyday Heroes series.