TRY TO MAKE PEACE                                                   Romans 12:9-19

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” (v18)

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9 NKJV) Notice, God promised to bless peacemakers, not peace lovers. There’s a difference: Peacemakers pay the price, peace lovers enjoy the benefits. Sometimes you’ve got to confront people before you can comfort them. Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple because they were changing unfair exchange rates to those who bought lambs and turtledoves to offer as sacrifices to God. In most cases these were people who could least afford it, so Jesus decided to get involved. One of the names given to God is Jehovah – Shalom. “The Lord is our peace.” (Judges 6:24)  “Shalom” doesn’t denote the absence of trouble, but the peace of God in the midst of it. When we have an issue with someone, Jesus said we should take certain steps. First, go and try to resolve it privately. If that doesn’t work, take someone with you who can help. If that fails. Take it to the church leadership. And if the person still refuses to be reconciled, then love them and leave them in God’s hands (Matthew 18:15-17) It may not be a How-to-Win-Friends and – influence – People approach to conflict resolution, but it’s God’s way. Paul said it… possible. Live at peace with everyone “Paul was willing to forgo eating certain foods that were offensive to others (1 Corinthians 8:13) but he wasn’t willing to tolerate troublemakers in the church (Romans 16:17) So you must know when to make waves, and when to make peace (TWFT)

PRAYER LINE: I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold, I’d rather be His than have riches untold, I’d rather have Jesus than anything, this world affords today – Miller.

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Love Jesus and be a peacemaker.

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