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This Is Us | Relentlessly Good | Make Peace

This Is Us | Relentlessly Good | Make Peace

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

“Look at that! His car tires are on my side of the drive,” Ted growled to his visiting cousin. “Some neighbor. I’m reporting him.”

“I hate the new chairs in the sanctuary so I’ve organized a protest for people who agree,” said Barbi. “We won’t tolerate this!”

“I want to see a !@#$% manager!” Jed roared. “I will not be treated this way! I demand my fifty cents off!”

It takes so little to produce peace, and so little to destroy it. A rude word, demanding tone, or temper tantrum can ruin everyone’s day. We humans are rights-fighters and most of our hostility is due to the perceived violation of one of those rights. Ted had a right to his side of the drive. Barbi had a right to have her opinions heard, and Jed had a right to save fifty cents. But at what cost? Whose peace of mind had to be destroyed in order to defend those rights? This verse tells us that whenever possible we should lay down our rights for the sake of representing Jesus well.

Would Ted’s neighbor be eager to go to church with Ted? Would anyone within the vicinity of Jed’s roar want to hear about Jesus from him? And Barbi is only sowing discord among her brothers and sisters at church. She’s insisting on her rights at the expense of peace. That’s not relentlessly good. Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt. 5:9). Being a peacemaker is one way to be relentlessly good.

Final Thought:  How do you respond when someone has violated your perceived rights? Do you pursue peace?
Prayer: Father, this convicts me. I don’t always represent you well when I feel someone is not respecting my rights. But your way is to sacrifice those rights for the good of someone else and to honor your name. Help me do that. In Jesus’ name, Amen.