“And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet”~ Matthew 10:11-14What Jesus is saying here strikes me [Eugenia Price, the author] as being very gentle, and deep with the true humor of heaven. Many of us take it as instructions to flaunt our “superiority” again because we have the truth and those who “do not receive us” are not “worthy of our presence, and so we toss our heads and shake the dust from our feet and flounce on. I believe Jesus might have smiled as He said, “And if the house be not worthy, let your peace return to you.” After all, if you and I give our peace to anyone and that person refuses it, even if he or she throws it back in our faces --- our peace is returning to us, isn't it? It seems to me Jesus is simply reminding us that the Christian just can’t lose. The truly humble Christian cannot even be insulted. We are just to “shake it off” and go on in the name of Jesus. “…when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another …” Just go on. Nothing changes Jesus Christ. You and I can always just “let our peace return to us” and go on. The “diamond-clear” truth here is that if we do not offer peace, but ill will toward those who do not receive us well, the we cannot get peace back in return.
“…Let your PEACE return to you …”