Updated: Dec 23, 2019
Can you take injury and not retaliate?
The answer is Yes! It is a part of your DNA. Ephesians 5:2 states …and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Walking in love requires giving up everything. Laying down our motives and desires just as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane. He said in my translation, if at all possible, take this cup from me, nevertheless, thy will be done. He gave up His will in exchange for the throne! To sit at the right hand of the Father!
Ephesians 5:2 states …and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Are you willing to give up everything? To lose your life? In exchange to gain everything? To walk in love requires meekness. The power not to retaliate, but the endurance to just chill and take it. If you are in Christ, its way easier to endure. But while enduring, you are pouring out to God, releasing the toxins, such as pain, hurt, and defense that are caused by not being able to retaliate or respond the way your flesh wants you to.
I was in a situation years ago where I was being accused, ridiculed and about to be given up on and God told me to take it! “Don’t say a word, shut your mouth. If they say anything nasty or ugly respond in love!” Love is so POWERFUL!!! And then He said, “come to me and pour out. Cry out to me. Tell me everything they did and said to you. Release your tears.” Tears wash the soul of a human. “Then let me tell you about yourself. Let me show you you…and your part in all of it. It’s always two sides to every story. Now once you are ready to take responsibility for your part, now I can heal you. Now you’re ready to take some more. The more you can take, the weaker the enemies grip on the person is getting!” Just as Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, you are sacrificing yourself in exchange for the freedom of the other person and you don’t even realize it. The more you can take, the looser the grip of the enemy, but are you willing?
If you refuse to walk in love, God will take His hands off of it and it will be downhill from there …divorce if it’s a marriage, resolution of a longterm friendship etc…years of resentment, hurt, pettiness ect… and the saga continues. But if you are willing to lay aside yourself, desire, vengeance, the reward is astounding. It is freedom in Christ, the restoration of a marriage relationship can change the entire trajectory of your future and future generations.