It is really easy to live at peace with peaceable people, people who are mannerly and kind, and make an effort to do the right thing. But it does take a lot sometimes to live with the unlovely and to be kind to difficult people.
Romans 12:18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
But you know what, God doesn’t call us to love the lovely. When Jesus came to the earth, he often ate with the publicans, the tax collectors, and all the unruly folk of his time. My goodness, even his very disciples were very rough people.
But what did Jesus do? He made friends with them, and in his making friends with them, won many hearts to God’s goodness and grace.
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— Dan Thompson (@cdanielthompson) May 18, 2016
God gives the key
God also gives us the key. That if our ways please Him, even people who are our ‘enemies’ can be at peace with us.
Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
So, the next time you see someone you really can’t tolerate because you may not like their attitudes or persuasions in life, remember that if you please the Lord, then you can be at peace with the seemingly unruly people. We are encouraged by the Word to live in peace, as far as it depends on you (that means it’s your choice), with everyone.
Have a peaceful and productive day.