Make Every Effort

Proverbs 16:7When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him (NKJV).

You will never be able to completely avoid all of the different and difficult people in the world, so you might as well prepare yourself to deal with them. In fact, God may even strategically place such a person in your path.

I believe He does so because reconciliation is His goal. He plans opportunities for us to work on peace agreements with our enemies. Your personal peace is directly tied to how hard you are willing to work at strained relationships.

Again, Scripture requires us to make every effort to do what leads to peace, not just to make a few half-hearted attempts at it. In other words, you must exert physical or mental power into your efforts to maintain peace. If you are to make every effort to do what leads to peace, you’re going to have to exhaust all of the earnest, strenuous attempts you and the Holy Spirit can come up with.

Not everyone will respond to you positively, but your attitude toward them will make an impact. Plus, your actions will be pleasing to the Lord.

Matthew 5:43-44 – 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (NIV).

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