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Living Peaceably With Everyone - Part I
9/3/2013

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

We are exhorted as followers of Jesus, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Rom. 12:18 NKJV).  The New Living Translation translates this scripture as, “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”  Everyone includes 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 treated us in love.

“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)

Notice the requirement given to us for living at peace with everyone, we are told, “If it is possible.”

Q:         So what does, “If it is possible,” mean to us?

Simply put, it may not always be possible.  Living at peace with others will usually take effort by both parties, and this is because 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, because they just might be adamant to live in direct opposition to God’s will.  They may use their free will to choose to express animosity, bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness towards us for an offense, or disagreement.  Even so, we must be willing to do our part.

Q:         So how can we practically do our part? 

Thankfully, God has given us a recipe, or a road map within His word to help us to do our part in living peaceably with others, including being kind, patient, committed to blessing others, and being humble (Rom. 12:12-16).

Prayer is a mighty weapon for pulling down strongholds of the enemy, so we need to ask God for His guidance for “everything.”  Prayer aligns us with God and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to guide us in our actions.  We should cease to focus on the offense and choose to 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 we find ourselves angry, anxious, and unloving towards those who have hurt us, we need to go to the Bible and seek to find scripture regarding these emotions and thoughts.  We must be prepared to line ourselves up with what God’s word says, and never compromise our response based on our feelings.  Feelings can be false indicators of how to respond, and will many times lead us to respond in the same manner 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: According to Romans 12:18, what is the only reason we could not live at peace with others?

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

APPLICATION: Let’s ask God to reveal to us any area where we might need to reconcile with others.  Let’s ask Him for the wisdom, discernment and empowerment to handle this situation—now make the steps to reconcile with this person. 

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

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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