BY CHRIS UNDERWOOD — In difficult times and places, it seems that other people and circumstances make living the Christian life a challenge.
Our Lord knew that and advised his followers to not worry what they should say because he would send his Comforter as a guide.
The letter to the Romans was a reminder that there will be times within the church where things get tense, hearts turn cold to brothers and sisters, and forgiveness is hard to give and to receive. Paul himself could write from experience since he and Barnabas had to separate from each other in order to have a peaceful resolution.
Question: Is it the other person(s) the problem or is it me failing to make peace?
It may even be that I am the one that is failing to make peace and forcing the tension to continue. Instead of blaming others so quickly, I need to “examine myself” in word and in deed because I am accountable first to God to live in peace.
First let me make peace as much as is within me with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and to others who have yet put on Christ so that more souls can be saved.
Then when I bow my head in prayer and ask “let the words of my mouth and the meditation in my heart be acceptable” I can speak and pray in confidence.
It is difficult at times to look in the mirror and see my own flaws. The beautiful reminder we have from the book of 1 John 1 is “if we confess our sins, the Lord is willing to forgive me”.
The life of peace through Jesus Christ is a reminder that I need to always keep in my mind is peace is not a result of my goodness.
It is a result of my obedience in faith to God through his Son that grants forgiveness of my sins.
The carrying of burden of anger, animosity and hate has no business in the heart of disciple of Christ, in the 1st century or now.
Let making peace be the rule not the exception.
Have a great day in hope, faith, and love to know the peace of God can rule in your heart and mine
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Corinthians 13:5
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.