Running is never the solution to confronting a conflict with anyone. Running away physically doesn’t move us away from the wound a conflict causes if left unresolved. We find we cannot run away from ourselves, so we eventually have to address that conflict, no matter when it occurred. It’s when we are face-to-face with the Lord that we can face others, and ourselves, and receive total healing from faith to faith.
Anything in our past that is left unresolved affects our present situations. What we didn’t get over then, can get over us now; and hinder us from turning the page and walking in the new. Not doing anything at the time of a conflict is another way to run; it’s then hidden and difficult to recognize. Constantly returning back to a past situation—is running away from a current one because we cannot be in the now—with undivided attention. God loves us so much that He brings things back to our remembrance so they can be dealt with once and for all.
When we face afflictions we find a place apart, alone with God, where we can reflect by the Spirit and not react in the flesh. We release our disappointments, frustrations and anger into the hands of God, by running to God as quickly as possible. We do not run away from what we have to face; and we do not run back to what is past. We run to God trusting we can never run out of His love and grace, from glory to glory!
John 6:66-69 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
No weapon formed against us shall prosper. However, the Word of God will prosper in the purpose for which it was sent. What God has spoken will not return to Him void. It is accomplishing what He said and cannot be stopped. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God. They avail much!
In the name of Jesus, we condemn every tongue that rises against us in judgment. We refute all charges and accusations of the enemy. Daily, we rebuke lies of the enemy and speak into being the Word of God, the sword of the Spirit. Even when we don’t know where an accusation may be coming from, we come against it with our prevailing prayers. Our weapons are sharpened as we spend time meditating upon the Word. The more the Word of God abides in us, the more everything that tries to come against us comes to nothing. We are equipped to confront opposition; we wear the armor of God; and we abide in Christ.
Even though attempts are made, the weapons formed against us cannot destroy us. Protection from all our enemies is part of our heritage as servants of the Lord. We serve Jesus Christ in every place, regardless of what we do. We do all to His glory. We rest in the Lord, abide in Him and rejoice in our place of victory, from glory to glory.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me, Says the LORD.”
We are able to handle offenses in our hearts as we mature in Christ and yield to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. We praise God for dealing with us with so much grace and mercy, and He expects us to extend this same grace and mercy to others. The Lord teaches us is how to handle those who are offended with us, no matter how that offense is expressed.
At times, we may discern others have taken offense but they are not open to confronting the issues for it to be resolved. At other times, we may meet with people to come into one accord and reconciliation is achieved through unexpected ways. The scripture tells us that a brother offended is harder to win than a strong city. It gives a picture of that person being surrounded by bars like those of a castle. Sometimes the more we try to see walls come down; the more they seem to go higher. Each individual is unique and all differences cannot be handled the same way.
Every person needs to be cared for in a special, specific manner. We first trust the Lord with His ways and His timing in bringing forth understanding and restoring peace. Because we love others with the love of God, we hurt when they hurt. We would like to remove the bars for them, but we feel helpless. We can trust the Lord to heal all of us, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 18:19 “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.”