“Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”
You can only imagine the emotions going through the hearts of the disciples as a band of men came with weapons to the place where they were enjoying peace in prayer with the Saviour. The disciples knew that the mob who came to take Jesus were the same people who wanted to kill Him. Peter, not understanding the purpose of this moment, didn’t stand by idly without doing something to stop them from hurting Jesus. The only thing Peter knew to do was to pull his sword and start swinging at those trying to take Jesus. However, to Peter’s amazement, Jesus told him to put his sword back into the sheath because Jesus knew that He had to drink of “the cup” so that the world might be saved.
Though this situation was about Jesus having to die for the sins of mankind, the words of the Saviour should ring in the heart of every believer. Jesus told Peter, “Put up thy sword into the sheath…” There are many people who swing the sword at people and hurt their relationships when they need to put the sword back into its sheath and stop trying to hurt others. Peter was more focused on people than he was on the sins that caused the people to want to kill Jesus. Jesus knew that sin is what caused these people to come and take Him to kill Him, but He was more concerned with conquering sin so that these people had a chance to get right instead of fighting a war with them. I would like to give you several thoughts about the sword and needless battles that can help you in your relationships with others.
First, the sword of words damages more relationships than any other weapon. When people disagree with someone, one of the first things they revert to are spiteful words to pierce the heart of the one who attacked them. You may win the present battle with the sword of words, but you will likely lose the person as a friend or spouse with the words you used to defeat them. Many marriages are destroyed because of the sword of words. Many Christian friendships are severed because of the sword of words. It is better to put the sword of words back into its sheath and keep a good relationship than it is to pierce the heart of a friend and lose a friend with words used to “win” a battle.
Second, the sword of spite damages your ability to help others. Many respond in spite towards people without realizing that sin is the enemy; not the person. Every person you have animosity towards could be a good friend if you fought the sin instead of the person. Sin is the problem; not the individual. If you put the sword back into its sheath and stopped attacking the individual, you would find that you could help them and gain a friend. Instead of focusing your attack on an individual because of their actions, you would do yourself good to fight the sin instead of the person.
Third, the sword of misunderstandings has damaged many a testimony. Getting into a battle that is not your battle only causes you to fight a battle that you know nothing about. You would be wise to stay out of battles about which you know nothing so that you don’t damage your ability to help people who do know what the battle is about. Just because someone you know is in a battle doesn’t mean you need to jump in the battle. Many have hurt their ability to help others because they got involved in a battle that was not theirs. You will be able to help more people if you put your sword back in its sheath.