Luke 22:47-53 is specifically teaching me about stress and confrontation today because every single day I really do struggle with the attitudes of those around me in my life.
Every day I do my best to mind my own business, to not seek out stress or confrontation, and yet I see it all around me – I see it directed at me also. I often feel as frustrated and angry as Jesus did at this moment.
Every day I am thinking to myself have I troubled you? Have I done something to you to warrant such an attitude by way of response? I like the way that Jesus sternly rebukes them and then reminds them to think about what they are actually doing.
How they are conducting themselves. Are you coming to harm someone good or bad? Are you confronting someone or conversing with them? Do not treat people in a manner undeserving to them or their actions.
While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.” Luke 22:47-53 NIV
Do you know people like those that came to arrest Jesus? People who have their own agenda? People who profess to be people of God and yet couldn’t act any more different if they tried according?
To live with people like them in our lives is a constant daily battle. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out you’ll get one of the worst days ever the following day. Just when you are ready to give up you will get a golden day out of the blue.
These winds that buffet against us serve to teach us and test us and are in fact necessary. We have to rise above it all and set an example to those around us.
- Stop being confrontational.
- Stop arguing.
- Stop fighting.
- Stop being so stressed.
- Stop worrying about things that are not important.
- Stop being so highly strung.
- Stop creating an atmosphere of hostility.
- Stop being difficult.
- Stop being spiteful.
- Stop gossiping.
- Stop sin from dominating your life.