2020-06-18 - Peace with All Men
Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
There is so much negative in what is left of the news that it is sad. From the idea that people who are in office, elected or appointed, are willing to lie to smear their opponents to stay in office. And there is far worse than that.
2 Timothy 3 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, …
"Difficult times will come indeed. There are those who wonder if these days are not the "last days". It is difficult to know for sure one way or the other. The first line from Romans tells us, if possible to be at peace with all men. There are ranges of difficulty from someone who is simply argumentative, to another who believes he has the right to exceed the law of both man and God. Or, more simply they do not believe that there is a God they will one day answer to. Not understanding is one thing. Denial is another where self refuses to allow for even the possibility that there is a Creator.
I have sat with a man that was dying of cancer who refused to even remotely accept the possibility that there was a God who cared for him. He was a man of science and would not accept any other way that this was his end. He was sure that he would simply fade into oblivion. Believers have prayer as a hope that people like this will see the light, that the Lord would touch their hearts before it is too late.
Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
The Apostle Paul specifies that we pursue peace with all men. Not that we sit and hope the other person suddenly has an epiphany. More so that we be an example to them. That our lives at peace can be something they desire even if they don't understand. That answers to their questions give them a reason to think and consider. Pursue peace, rather than argue and speak in anger or frustration. Like Jesus walking the road to Emmaus with two of His disciples, he spoke gently to them as they walked. When Jesus broke the bread at their dinner table the two suddenly realized their guest was their Lord!
Grace & Peace,
Lord Jesus. Please fill our hearts and minds with good news for the people we have placed across our paths. That our words would be from a heart and mind at peace and with answers that fill their minds with something they want to understand and consider. Amen
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.