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.
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…
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