“Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”” John 18:10-11 NIV
Peter was under great stress. He was caught by surprise and he felt the urge to take action, quickly. The 10 other disciples didn’t do anything, they too were under stress/pressure, but they didn’t take action. That wasn’t the case with Peter. In a quick move Peter sliced one of the ears of a soldier.
Couple things here: the writer notices Peter had a sword. Not that all the disciples had a sword, nor that it was customary for the disciples to walk around with weapons. However on this day Peter was carrying a weapon. Second, Jesus quickly repair Peter’s impulsive decision, and scolds Peter for this action.
Sometimes we all feel triggered, attacked, or suddenly taken aback. The difference is that we all carry weapons with us at all time: OUR WORDS. We have the ability to weaponize our words both via text or audibly. We can use our words to build up or tear down others, even ourselves.
Let us be aware of our words as we move through our day today.
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