Watchman Daily Devotional: Bible Verses About Defending Yourself, Your Family & Your Country

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Nowhere in Scripture does it say that Christians can’t protect themselves or their family. What we should never do though is seek revenge. We must be slow to anger and handle all situations with wisdom.

Here are a few illustrations. You never know if someone breaking into your home at night is armed or what their intentions are. You are innocent even if you shoot him. If someone breaks into your home during the day, sees you, and flees; if, in a fit of rage, you pursue him and shoot him, you are guilty and breaking the law in the state of Missouri.

Someone who is a threat to you is not the same as someone who is not. As a Christian, you have to walk away from someone who punches you in the face and not try to punch back. I understand that males are prideful; we may think to ourselves, "I'm not going to let that guy punch me and get away with it," but even though we know we can physically abuse the other person, we still need to swallow our pride and exercise biblical discernment. It is one thing when someone hits you once and walks away, but it is quite another when someone pursues you and makes repeated attempts to injure you.

It is necessary for you to defend oneself in this circumstance. If you are able to flee, do so; nevertheless, if you are unable to do so and someone is threatening you, take necessary action. Owning a gun or participating in boxing, karate, or any other combat style is totally acceptable for Christians; just keep in mind to never take offense and to always use common sense. Rely only on force defense. It's not always a good idea to do something just because you can.

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What does the Bible say?

1. Luke 22:35-36 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?” “No,” they replied. “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!

2. Exodus 22:2-3 “If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is struck and killed in the process, the person who killed the thief is not guilty of murder. But if it happens in daylight, the one who killed the thief is guilty of murder. “A thief who is caught must pay in full for everything he stole. If he cannot pay, he must be sold as a slave to pay for his theft.

3. Luke 22:38 And they were saying to him, ‘Our Lord, behold, here are two swords.’ He said to them, ‘They are enough.’

4. Luke 11:21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed.

5. Psalm 18:34 He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.

6. Psalm 144:1 A psalm of David. Praise the LORD, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.

7. 2 Samuel 22:35 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

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