Wednesday, July 11

Keep the Peace

Suggested Scripture
Romans 12:9-21

Key Verse
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18, NIV)

When my sister and I were younger, we used to pick on each other quite a bit. When our fighting and bickering got too obnoxious, Mom would step in and break it up. When that happened, my sister or I would whine and argue "But she started it!"

Mom's response was always the same. "I don't care who started it. You finish it. You be the biggest," she'd say, reminding us of a phrase that her mother used to defuse similar quarrels.

God's Word gives us the same advice. Regardless of the situation or who is at fault, Christians have the responsibility to live at peace. This does not mean we do not stand up for justice when we are called upon to do so. Instead it means that in situations where we would prefer to lash out at someone in petty, self-righteous ways just to assert our own point of view, we should refrain.

A familiar song says "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. Those who serve Him are called upon to live out their faith by being instruments of peace when we interact with those who do not know Him as we do.

Reflecting Pool

When is it most difficult for you to be an instrument of peace in this world?

According to Romans 12:9-21, how should we demonstrate love and peace to our enemies?

Deep Diving

How does being a pacifist differ from keeping the peace with our enemies? (Or does it?)


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