In our current series of Doves and Vipers, Pastor Georgie spoke on how we can be the element of peace in places and situations in our lives where there's none and why it's important to avoid unnecessary battles.
UNNECESSARY BATTLES // Yaw Boamah
Often times we are rapid and harsh in our speech instead of allowing grace and peace to be our weapon of choice. Think of past or present moments where you said something just to prove the other person wrong, instead of protecting the peace within yourself or your opponent. How did it bring forth a resolution?
Proverbs 15:1 "A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare."
During the course of the message, I began to unfold, understand and acknowledge certain battles within my own heart — times where I was able to win the situation but not the person, and where I left without closure. I was able to divide the right and wrong but in doing so, the ground meant for a foundation of peace was left broken and damaged. My knowledge was able to render out the correct words and terminology, but I didn't apply wisdom to read the situation. Winning the battle and losing the person is like exchanging gold for stones to throw. There's no worth to it, only turpitude.
So what does avoiding unnecessary battles looks like? Speaking on Matthew 10:16, Pastor Georgie elaborated on how scripture commands us to be "wise as serpents and harmless as doves." This is key. Snakes don't roam around looking for battles unless necessary.
When we are able to avoid unneeded battles and allow the Holy Spirit to take control, there will be peace. When we are able to hold back our tongues—and allow the grace and love of Christ to be the head and our words the tail—we are guarding the peace. It is a peace that comes from God, and one that transcends beyond thoughts, words, or right and wrong. Avoid unnecessary battles.