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Living at Peace With Everyone

Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

RevRaypeaceI was born in the 50′s and remember a lot about the 60′s and 70′s.  I remember the peace movement surrounding the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement.  I remember the protests on college campuses all over America about the war and the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King.  Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give it very well as veterans from Vietnam came home to anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them.  These young people – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace!  It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think.

Think for a moment.  Is there someone you have a hard time dealing with these days?  Someone you have a hard time being at peace with these days?  Is someone giving you a hard time?  Maybe it is your ex-spouse who is giving you trouble with your divorce settlement or with their child support.  Maybe it is someone at school who seems to enjoy being a bully.  Maybe it is someone at work who always seems to pick on you.  Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone.  Is there anyone like that in your life?  Reading today’s passage you might say/ask – and God wants us to live at peace with these persons?

Throughout Scripture we are told to live at peace with one another.  It is hard to avoid this teaching if we simply search some of the Epistles.  Romans 14:19 – Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  Hebrews 12:14 – Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  Ephesians 4:3 – Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

As we approach the days ahead – who is it in our life that we need to try and make peace with today?  Is there someone we are holding a grudge against?  Is there someone who has hurt us in the past and we cannot seem to get over it?  Is there someone in our life that deserves our anger and bitterness – yet – because of God’s grace working in us – we will overlook what is deserved and extend grace and peace?  I’m thinking of some people in my life.  I know there are those who need to extend grace and peace to me as well.  How about you?  Living at peace with everyone is not easy.  Living at peace with everyone is what God calls His children to desire and seek after for sure.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

May 1, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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