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Can We Live in Peace With Others?

Romans 12:18

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

img_0063-2I was born in the mid 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, Jr. Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give much peace when the veterans from Vietnam came home. These veterans faced anger and hatred that shouldn’t have been aimed at them. These young people – men and women – many who wanted nothing but peace so they could come home – were not welcomed home with much peace – respect or dignity! It seems that peace is not as easy as we might think – nor is it as easy as a protest march.

Think for a moment. Is there someone we have a hard time dealing with these days? Someone we have a hard time being at peace with these days? Is someone giving us a hard time? Has someone hurt us? Maybe it is our ex-spouse who is giving us trouble with our divorce settlement or with 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 us or take credit for something we have done? Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave well enough alone? Is there anyone like that in your life today? Reading today’s passage we 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 – like God’s extends it to us? I’m thinking of some people in my life. There are folks that have done me wrong – who have attacked me and my family. I know I need to extend grace and peace to them. I know there are those who need to extend grace and peace to me as well because I have hurt them. 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.

With battles over our theology – over our ideology – over our personal views and life – we still need to find a way to live in peace with one another. Living at peace is not easy – but it is what God calls us to do. Who is on your mind right now? I child you’ve been estranged for several years? The sibling or parent you haven’t talked with for some time? The friend or co-worker you are at odds with over some difference? Pray with me and ask God to help us live at peace with others.

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

February 10, 2020 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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