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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? Continue reading

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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)! Continue reading

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Living at Peace is Not Easy

Romans 12:18

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

I 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.  Unfortunately – some of those asking for peace didn’t give it very well as the veterans from Vietnam cam home.  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 X-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 at you.  Maybe it is someone who just won’t leave good 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 for instance.  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 Christmas – a time to remember the greatest gift ever given – a time to celebrate the love of God – who is it in your life that you need to try and make peace with today?  Is there someone you are holding a grudge against?  Is there someone who has hurt you in the past and you cannot seem to get over it?  Is there someone in your life that deserves your anger and bitterness – yet – because of God’s grace working in you – you will overlook what is deserved and extend grace and peace?  I’m thinking of some people in my life.  How about you?

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

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