If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
I have to ask myself how much effort will I truly put forth to live at peace with everyone. Really, with everyone. Not just with those with whom it is easy to be in a peaceful relationship. Will I make every effort—as far as it depends on me—to live at peace with even those who are hateful, hurtful, unjust, cruel and just plain annoying or outrageously selfish?
Living at peace with everyone isn’t about being a doormat or living in denial or living in a lie in any way. Living at peace is about letting God hold us in His perfect balance of living in the fullness of the love of Jesus Christ—which is living in the balance of offering grace and speaking truth.
Jesus gave His very life for me…for all of us. It was out of His perfect love—His perfect balance of grace and truth—that He made a way for me to live in a renewed relationship with the Holy God of all Creation. And Jesus did that “by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”–Colossians 1:20
Many, sadly, reject the sacrifice offered by the Prince of Peace Himself. But the refusal by people to accept His offer of peace did not stop Jesus from doing everything possible to offer everyone His peace. Because Jesus knows that all people’s eternal peace truly does depend on Him.
Shouldn’t we, in gratitude for what Jesus has done for us, be a vessel of His sacrificial, humble and mighty love, grace and truth in the lives of others by offering peace to, and by living at peace with, everyone in every way that this peace depends on us??
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane