If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18 (AMP)
Do your best to be at peace with everyone.
Do you know anyone who rubs you up the wrong way so badly that when you walk away from that person you feel you’re about to explode? Does it seem like that person always says something so rude, unkind, impolite, or insulting that it nearly makes your blood boil when you are with him or her? Well consider this: Have you ever had thought that you may be rubbing that person the wrong way as well?
So, let’s read Romans 12:18. It says, “if it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men”. This verse will give you direction. It provides helpful answers that enabled me to deal successfully with this difficult situation. And I believe these answers will also help you know how to deal with that person who constantly rubs you the wrong way.
Notice that the apostle Paul began this verse by saying, “If it be possible”, the fact that he began with the word if, means that there may be times when we run into a case where it is not possible to have peace with all men. It can be difficult to be at peace with some people, not necessarily because we are so difficult, but because they are hard to get along with.
But remember, they may think the same of us! But regardless of the difficulty of the task or the ugly behaviour of those we encounter along the way in life, the command of God remains: To the best of our ability, we must give our best efforts to be at peace with all men.
Paul continued to say, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. The words as much as lieth in you comes from a Greek word that means, as far as it depends on you. This phrase points toward you and me, placing the responsibility of maintaining peace and a good attitude on us, not on the person we find to be offensive. This clearly means that God is expecting us to do everything we can from our perspective and to give it our best to live peaceably with all men.
Once you have finally obtained peace, you must determine that you are going to do your best to make sure it is maintained and kept. In other words, instead of being a contributor to the problem, you are to do all you can to be a facilitator of peace.
When Paul wrote this verse, he and other Christian were facing horrible pagan and religious opposition from those who had no tolerance for narrow-minded believers. Yet it was at this same time the Holy Spirit commanded them through this verse to do everything they could to get along with everyone.
And this is the same divine command directed towards us. It doesn’t say to live peaceably only with friends, family, peers, or those who agree with us. It says that if it is possible, we are to live at peace with all men.
So, our prayer for today
Lord, I thank you for speaking to my heart today. I repent for my carnal response toward certain people in my life. I confess that I have allowed myself to become irritated with them, and at times I have even been judgmental of them. Today, I release forgiveness toward them, and I choose from this point onward to see myself as a force for peace. I purpose in my heart to exercise the patience that is a quality of your love within me. I ask you for wisdom to know what to say and do and what not to say and do when I am in the presence of these individuals. Thank you for leading and guiding me in each contact I make with them. In Jesus name. Amen
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