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Live In Peace With Everyone-Part I

Live In Peace With Everyone-Part I
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 23

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Romans 12:18 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the 3rd of our "Duties to Our Personal Enemies" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to those who we identify as people who are coming against us and persecuting us. And that 3rd duty is also our 23rd way in our series of 25-ways to honor God.

23.    "Live in peace with everyone" (Rom 12:18)

The New Living Translation translates it as, "Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone."  That means the "everyone," including those who don't merit it - those who probably don't deserve it.  Let's face it; it would be substantially easier to live at peace with those who were loving towards us.

 "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Luke 6:32 (NKJV)

The first thing we need to acknowledge in this duty to live at peace with everyone is the beginning of it.  Notice the requirement of living at peace with everyone, "If it is possible."

Q:    So what does this mean to us?
A:    It may not always be possible.

Andy Rooney once said, "The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." 

Q:    Could you imagine if we had the ability to love, forgive, and forget like a dog?

It should be our heartfelt desire to resolve any issues we have and to live at peace with others - including our enemies - but it might not work, no matter what we do.

The Apostle Paul has given us a recipe, or a road map to attempt to live at peace, and we have been looking at it over this series of devotionals on 25-ways to honor God.  It includes:

  • Be affectionate (Rom 12:10)
  • Be prayerfully patient (Rom 12:12)
  • Bless your those who persecute you (Rom 12:14)
  • Be humble (Rom 12:16)
  • Don;t take revenge (Rom 12:19)
  • Defeat Evil with Good (Rom 12:21)

We need to acknowledge that if we are to live at peace with others, then it is going to require that both parties take part.  It takes two parties to have a disagreement or fight, and it will take two parties to resolve it.   We can't force others into living at peace with us - they might be adamant to live in direct opposition to God's will.  They may choose to express animosity, bitterness, anger, and un-forgiveness towards you for an offense, or disagreement.  

What we must do though is be willing to do our part.

Q:    So how can we do our part?  
A:    In short - Pray!  Ask God for guidance.

We need to go to the Lord for wisdom, discernment and guidance for "everything."  Prayer aligns us with God and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to empower us, and to guide us in our actions.  We should never continue to focus on the offense that has occurred to us - but should continually place our thoughts on what God wants from us with respect to our handling the situation.  We can only do this by seeking Him through prayer and the studying of His Word.  

So when you find yourself angry, anxious, and un-loving towards those who have hurt you, then go to the Bible and seek to find scripture regarding these emotions and thoughts.  Be prepared to line yourself up with what the Word of God says, and never compromise your response based on your feelings.  Feelings can be false indicators of how to respond, and will many times lead you to respond in the same manor of how you were treated.

In Part II of this message, we will look at some other ways to guide us through honoring God by living at peace with everyone.

STUDY QUESTION: What would be the only reason that we could not live at peace with everyone according to Romans 12:18?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you doing everything you can to live peaceably with everyone?

APPLICATION: Ask God to reveal to you any area where you might need to reconcile with others.  Ask Him for the wisdom, discernment and empowerment to handle this situation - now make the steps to reconcile with that person.  

Father, Thank You for helping me to be reconciled unto You.  Thank You for Your faithfulness, even when I have been unfaithful.  Lord I was once your enemy by being a sinner, and yet You came and showed me how much You loved me and forgave me.  It was Your kindness Lord that led me to repentance.  Help me to be kind towards those who despise me and persecute me.  Empower me to be more like You and less like me.  Lord, I need You today to help me in this area of my life.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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