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Live In Peace With Everyone-Part II

Live In Peace With Everyone-Part II
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)

In our first part of this devotional message we noted that it might not be "Possible" to live at peace with everyone - some people are just set against being peaceful.  We are told to do it "as long as it depends on us."  Bottom line here is that if someone else is willing to live in peace, we better be doing everything we can to do "our" part - even if we don't feel like it.  

Knowing that it is God's will to live at peace with others, there should be nothing inhibiting us in doing our part - as long as our heart is "willing" and we are "committed" to honoring God.  God has given us the Bible to know and study so we are equipped, and through it He will give us valuable information to guide us through "Every" situation.  God has also given His children (Those saved by the cleansing blood of Christ) the power to do His will - and this power is given by way of the Holy Spirit.  We see the principles of this in the following scriptures in Romans.  

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors - not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:12-13 (NKJV)

An example of God's wisdom for this particular command to live in peace with everyone can be found in Solomon's writing in Proverbs.  If you find yourself being talked to in a harsh negative way - respond with a loving soft answer.

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)

A "Soft" or "Gentle answer" is one that is "tender," and "not harsh, or negative."

A "Harsh word" is one that is "Critical" & "Meant to cause mental anguish."

If we respond with harsh words we are aggravating the flesh of the person we are speaking with.  This happens even with other brothers and sisters in the Lord, as the "Old fleshly nature" is stirred up.

Q:    So what happens if we done our part in attempting to reconcile with an enemy but they don't receive it?

A:    We need to continue to follow the plan as laid out in these 25-exhortations.   We don't stop doing our part just because the person didn't receive it or respond to it.  

Husbands & Wives - listen to me here.  "It is the same for our marriages."  We will find ourselves at various times in conflict with our spouses.  It is every Christian's responsibility to live at peace with everyone.  I am not saying that your spouse is an enemy-but what I will say is that if you are not getting along, then the enemy is using one of you.  

It is important to communicate with those people you are having an issue with.  It is best to share your heart and let them know how you are feeling - but without pointing fingers or attacking them.  If you share that it is your heart's desire to get along; ask for forgiveness for any part you may have played in their anger or frustration, and express an attitude that is genuine to reconcile, then you can know that you are in God's will - the ball is in their court know.  Most times if you do this, and then simply walk away, then God will do His part through the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

We must remember that we are called to forgive them, to love them, to forget the offense, and to not bring up the past. We have to abandon any feeling of resentment or bitterness and forgive from our heart--those who have offended us.  We aren't to harbor resentment; we don't shut down and give that person the old silent treatment, nor do we sit around and pout.  

Regardless of how they respond to our sincere efforts and acts of love - it will never give us a right to retaliate in a way that is not in the will of God.  There is no justification for repaying evil for evil - ever!  As with our enemies, when we have done our part, we need to know that we are doing the Lord's will.  We are the ones who are in control of our actions - we will be the ones to choose whom we will serve this day.

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today, without compromising the Word of God, do whatever is in your power - even going to great effort - to build a peaceful relationship between those who may be your enemy.

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Proverbs 15:1, what kind of answer should we have for those who may be attacking us verbally?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see times where you have responded to others with a harsh word?  Can you remember the wrath that ensued?

APPLICATION: Make it a point to think before talking when in the heat of battle.  Make it a point to simply share your heart and your desire to work out the issue.

Father, Thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for showing me how to better handle difficult situations by responding in love and mercy and with a kind word.  Father, I know that You defend Your children, and that I need to trust in You alone.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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