“Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill men you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory. 2 Kings 6:22-23
Israel extended an olive branch and the men of Aram took it. Did it work every time they tried it? Definitely not. Does it work every time it’s tried today? If it did, we’d all be living in a glorious Utopia with no cares in the world.
…a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:8
I don’t quote that verse to justify war; I use it to point out it’s not always a black and white world. Our world is grayer than we’d like it to be. We are often faced with difficult decisions. Even in our personal lives, it’s not always clear when we should be compassionate or when to put up a good fight. It takes a great amount of wisdom to sort between the two.
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5