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Living at Peace with Everyone

Hebrews 12:14

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy…

RayMcDI know some families have issues during football season. Some couples I know root for opposing teams – like one will root for the Ravens while the other will root for the Steelers – or one will root for the Redskins while the other will root for the Cowboys. Football season is very interesting in those homes – especially when they play each other. Add to this the football widow or widower – where one spouse loves football and the other cannot stand it and you have tension in the home.

Last night in Bible study one of the brothers mentioned his wife’s support of the Capitals and his support for the Penguins and how there is usually tension in the home during hockey season – especially then they play each other. At least – he said – the Stanley Cup was in their home the last three years (2 for the Penguins and 1 for the Capitals)!

I imagine – in baseball – the communities around the Yankees and Mets have some tension when they play each other or compete for the same free agents. A long-standing feud between Yankee and Red Sox fans causes tension as well. It is hard for Oriole fans when the Yankees or Red Sox fans come to town. Wearing the other team’s jersey when visiting another team’s home field also brings about tension.

What about real life (I know – some feel sports is real life but it isn’t)? Do we get along with our in-laws (these relationships almost always seems to be a strained)? Are we at peace with our spouse or is there tension (are we more in love today than we were when we married)? Do we get along well with our children (young or grown)? Are we at peace with our pastor and/or other members of our church family (yes – even our pastor)?

Today’s passage speaks about being at peace with everyone. Here is today’s passage in partial context. In my Bible – this section is subtitled – Warning and Encouragement. Hebrews 12:14–17 – 14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.

By the grace of God – we need to strive to remove all bitterness and resentfulness. We need to be free from sexual sin and strive to be holy. Our position with God should not be sold for a moment’s pleasure. Our integrity and moral fiber should be more valuable than our earthly desires. We should strive to live at peace with all persons – with everyone. It is not easy – but it is what we are called to do.

Is there someone we need a better relationship with in our lives? Let’s pray together for God to help us live at peace with everyone. God – help me as I strive to live at peace with __________. May God be glorified in our lives. If we can live at peace with everyone (or with more than we are today) – we are witnessing the power of God in our lives!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

August 22, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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