Make every effort to live in peace with everyone. – Hebrews 12:14
When God says to “live in peace with everyone,” He doesn’t mean the complaining kids, angry neighbors, and rude co-workers… does He?
He does. In fact, He’s not just encouraging us to live in peace with everyone we encounter every day, He’s commanding us to.
Some people thrive in conflict. Not me. When emotions heat up, I want to flee from the flames. When I suspect an upcoming conflict, I steer clear of mean moms, dodge difficult meetings, and stay as quiet as possible.
That is not the way God wants us to live in peace, however. As God’s children, instead of fleeing in fear, we’re to walk in peace (Ephesians 6:15). Instead of hiding, we’re to be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9). And instead of running away from conflict, we’re to stand firm in our faith (1 Corinthians 16:13).
We can’t control who or what gets thrown at us each day, but we can control how we respond to grumbling, complaining, anger, or rudeness. The key is to follow the Prince of Peace.
What if thanking God in the middle of our messy days, could remind us where and who our peace comes from?
Instead of focusing on the conflict, let’s thank the One who’s truly in control. Giving thanks ushers us right into the presence of God, where we can hand over today’s challenges. There, He reminds us that His power through the Holy Spirit is alive and active in us.
Peace is a “Fruit of the Spirit.” As God gives us greater amounts of it, we are able to face conflicts and challenges more like His son Jesus, the Prince of Peace, would.
Wow! Facing our fears, standing firm in the fire, produces a peace that surpasses understanding. Let God and others see peace flourishing in your life.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you. – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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