We only have two options
Some people have a natural gift for defusing arguments and conflicts. They seem to find the most clever diversions that calm the temperature in high-stress situations. Even with the gift of conflict resolution we still have to make a decision to either operate in the Spirit or give in to the flesh.
Peace at Costco
A tough scenario could be someone trying to take your parking spot at Costco. You have your blinker on to turn into the parking spot, then all of a sudden someone pulls up on the opposite side and cuts you off to take your parking spot. Do you honk the horn at them until you feel satisfied? Do you get out the car and try to force them to move out of your spot? Or maybe, you wait until they go inside of the store, so you can sneak up and poke holes in their tires?
These are all things that I’ve thought of. No Seriously, it is in these very moments, where it “depends on us” to forgive, or set aside our Christian convictions to get momentary satisfaction and a boat-load of guilt.
The devil is behind the scenes influencing and working through people. Your real enemy is Satan himself and all of his demons. Ephesians 6:12-14 says,
In other words be ready for whatever the devil will attack you with. He works around the clock, but here’s the good news so does Jesus and He will not allow you to go through more than you can handle. You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you!
The Little Things Disrupt Peace
Something like the scenario that I’ve mentioned earlier might sound trivial, yet many times it’s not the big things, but the small things that catch us off-guard and it can make you feel so unspiritual. Doesn’t the Bible warn us ahead of time, though? Just like our scripture for today:
Wouldn’t we just love to only live peacefully with peaceful people? But Jesus tells us that even the pagans and the sinners love their own people (Matthew 5:46-48).
So, how do you love everyone with your words and actions?
You must pray about everything and the Holy Spirit will let you know if He agrees with your response to a situation. Stay in your Word – read the Bible daily to feed your spirit, so that you won’t be overcome by the flesh. Consider the consequences and make a decision toward the best outcome. Ask for forgiveness when you fall short by handling a situation the wrong way. Then, if possible, make it right with that person.
We won’t always do it perfectly. We will make mistakes. Just make sure you put your faith to work by practicing righteousness because righteousness leads to holiness (Romans 6:19).
Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous.1 John 3:7
Today, if you have not received Salvation or you would like to rededicate your life back to Christ, say this prayer:
God, I know that I am a sinner. Right now, Lord, I turn from my sins, and I ask you to forgive me. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the grave, for me. I open my heart and life for You to come in, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You, God for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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