Agree with your adversary
Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Matthew 5:25
We live in an extremely angry world. People everywhere are ready to tell you what they are irritated and angry about. Whether it is the government, their job and even home life, most people are unhappy about their surroundings and want everyone around them to know about it. They look for the problem in every circumstance of life, never considering that there is a positive side to the issue.
Today’s verse instructs us to be agreeable. To even agree with your enemy/adversary. This is not a popular message, and no one wants to hear that the right thing to do is to find a place of agreement in every conflict. This is not to say that you agree with their complaints, but the passage does say that if you end up in court, the judge has no personal stake in the argument, and he will hand you over to be thrown in prison.
This is extreme, I know, but I can relate to this because I was once in a predicament where I was in a court battle. If was ugly and there was no being nice in that situation. Going through the court system will bring the worst out in anyone. I felt defenseless because I was not willing to be ruthless and callous through the process. As I prayed and committed the procedures to the LORD, I knew in my spirit that He was telling me to get this argument out of the courts and settle peacefully. I did, but it felt like I was giving up. I didn’t feel like I was being treated fairly, but at least I was the one who made the decision to settle which put the control in my hands. I had no idea of the long-term benefits that would come from that decision. All I could see in the moment was that I was giving up my rights and letting the other party off the hook.
Now years later, I am so thankful that I listened to God’s direction. What could have been drawn out for years and hurt many innocent people along the way, was cut short with no lasting repercussions. God took care of me and my rights after I surrendered them and got rid of the pride/anger that I was holding on to.
Now when I read this scripture, it makes perfect sense to me. When I agree with my adversary quickly and settle things in a peaceful way, it not only honors God, but it also gives Him an entrance into the situation to work thing out for good, every time.
Today I want to encourage you to put anger far from you. Surrender all your hurts and offenses over to your loving Father. Find a peaceful resolution in every conflict and look to you Heavenly Father for the wisdom and faith to do it. He will take care of you as you give Him entrance into all the conflicts that come against you in life.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 5:21-26
21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’
22 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.
23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.