“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18).
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.” ~St. Francis of Assisi
When I have to wait in a long line at the grocery store, I try to pass the time as peacefully as possible. I read magazine covers or look over the flavors of chewing gum. What I don’t do is sigh loudly and complain about having to wait. I don’t want to be the cause of conflict.
There’s no getting around it–conflict is a part of life! However, the Apostle Paul told the Romans, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18).
As Daughters of the King, we need to allow Jesus to shine through us. When we cause conflict by being impatient (among other things), we aren’t exactly demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit. We’re called to be like our Father, God. We’re enabled to be like our King, Jesus. Now, we need to live out our faith!
We won’t get along with everyone; neither will we be happy in each of life’s circumstances. But we should do our best to be peacemakers in every situation, especially this time of year when checkout lines make you wonder if you’ll get home in time for Christmas!
The next time you find yourself in a potential conflict, practice the art of peacemaking. Then, make it a habit.
Oh, and be sure to show kindness to those cashiers–and everyone else in line–this time of year.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
Prayer:Dear Lord, Help me show Your love through my patience. May my patience in all situations bring peace. Thank You for providing me with Your Spirit which enables me to bring Your peace to all.
When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
he causes their enemies to make peace with them. Proverbs 16:7