Turn your violence into mercy. “Is the story of Paul and Silas” how they were jailed, but the point I want us to look at is when they were delivered.
Before taken to prison, the magistrate judged them unjustly. They were flogged, molested, tortured, victimized and brutalized, and thrown into jail.
Now the same jailer that tortured them was the same jailer that was asked to watch over them inside the jail the prison.
Rather than Paul and Silas complaining and crying, they were singing and dancing.
All of a sudden there was a big earthquake, and the chains fell off their legs, the gates of the prison were broken.
And immediately, the jailer of the prison thought that they had escaped and the man drew out the sword to kill himself but Paul and Silas stopped him saying that we are here.
So the man took them to his house, took care of them, showed them love, and also gave them food.
what could have made the same man that tortured Paul and Silas to show them mercy?
Today my dear friends, we need to turn violence into mercy.
Like the jailer, we need to turn a new leave-in everything that we are doing. Turn your violence into mercy.
Our society is so violent that sometimes we need to ask ourselves what we are doing?
Look around you, it is either in the family, it is either in the marriage, it is either in the society, it is either in the country.
Talk of kidnapping, you can talk of Boko haram, and you can talk of so many things happening.
Is time for us to act like this jailer and turn your violence into mercy.
Tell me that thing that people have done to you that you cannot forgive and the only person to look up to is Jesus.
Because this jailer asked Paul and Silas a very fundamental question, “what must I do to be saved?
St Paul told him. You need to believe in Jesus. You need to have faith in Jesus. You need to have a personal encounter with who Jesus truly is.
Same thing we need in our world today. So many marriages are breaking down today, why?
Either the man is beating the wife, or the wife is fighting the husband or abuses left to right and center.
Which is very unfortunate my dear brothers and sisters. Even in the family, there is no peace.
We need to praypray for Jesus to take control of our country Nigeria so that we can turn violence into mercy.
Each and every one of us, we need to hold on to Jesus. We need to turn to Jesus; he is the only one that can do this.
He is the only one that can help us, he has the final say, he has the final answer.
Turn your violence into mercy.
One of the problems that so many of us are having is that the spirit of revenge is so much in us, the spirit of retaliation is so much in us and we don’t want to let go.
I want you to know that forgiveness is not an option, forgiveness is an obligation. We need to forgive.
We need to let the mercy of God to come and duel in our hearts so that all of us can be in peace and live in peace.
Some time ago, I encountered a man, even thou he was accusing the wife wrongly, that no! Peace cannot be in the house.
How comfortable can you be with that? I have seen brothers and sisters who are so engrossed in violent acts to one another.
There’s a need to turn all this into mercy. We need the transforming power of God in our lives.
Once anyone encounters Christ, the person cannot remain the same. Ask yourselves a question. Where do you stand in all of these?
You and I need to tell ourselves the truth for God to help us. Today is still early for such to take place.
Let us like this prisoner, turn your violence into mercy, It begins from the mind,
let’s also bring it into action and our world, our society will be a better place through Christ our Lord. Amen.