Fight or Not?

When seemingly in trouble in the garden of Gethsemene, Jesus allowed his disciples to take two swords. When the time came to fight, and Peter used one of the swords to cut off a man’s ear, Jesus told him to put it away. Why?

Though the two commands seem to be contradictory, I believe Jesus used both to teach them (and us) about not fighting. Though they were now equipped with weapons he wanted them to practice not using all the weapons at their disposal. Does this mean anything to us?

It does, especially in the area of our words. A good debater has the words to be sharp and overcome his opponent, but there are times not to do so. Sometimes winning involves restraint. As the song says, “Silence is golden.”


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