Dedicated to all those who exercise restraint instead of revenge, and who stand firm during storms of injustice.
The following is an excerpt from “Streams in the Desert” by L.B. Cowman (1925):
Do no take revenge, my friends. (Romans 12:19)
There are times when doing nothing demands much greater strength than taking action. Maintaining composure is often the best evidence of power. Even to the vilest and deadliest of charges, Jesus responded with deep, unbroken silence. His silence was so profound, it caused His accusers and spectators to wonder in awe. To the greatest insults, the most violent treatment, and to mockery that would bring righteous indignation to the feeblest of hearts, He responded with voiceless, confident calmness. Those who are unjustly accused, and mistreated without cause, know the tremendous strength that is necessary to keep silent and to leave revenge to God.
The apostle Paul said, “None of these things move me.” (Acts 20:24 KJV). He did not say, “None of these things hurt me.” It is one thing to be hurt, and quite another to be moved. Paul had a very tender heart, for we do not read of any other apostle who cried as he did. It takes a strong man to cry. “Jesus wept” (John 11:35), and He was the strongest man that ever lived.
Therefore it does not say, “None of these things hurt me.” The apostle Paul had determined not to move from what he believed was right. He did not value things as we are prone to do. He never looked for the easy way, and placed no value on his mortal life. He only cared about one thing, and that was his loyalty to Christ — to gain Christ’s smile. To Paul, more than to any other man, doing Christ’s work was his earthly pay, but gaining Christ’s smile was heaven. Margaret Bottome
Reblogged this on Cindi Gale and commented:
It has been only three days since the inauguration of the most controversial and divisive U.S. president of our lifetimes. Battles are being waged in homes across America, in every community, and via every screen connected to the Internet. I have no doubt that many of these stances are righteous and approved by God. I also have no doubt many of them are not. Keep in mind: You don’t have to be swept up in division and strife. You can resist what is unrighteous, refuse to be baited, and choose what you will respond to and how. That includes offering no response at all, when that is the right and best thing to do. How can you know what the right response is? When you feel yourself being swept into a side, a war, an act of revenge … restrain yourself and cling to the vine, your Savior, (John 15) and allow only what flows through Him to flow through you.
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Restraint….Psalm 37:34 says “…Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing, and you will see the wicked destroyed.” To me, this says to continue moving forward, remaining productive, head up and not being swayed by the perverse, unrestrained imaginations and actions of those around us. In other words…..restraint.
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Excellent comment, Ladana.