The from you part

            People are so angry these days and it’s easy to find ourselves getting upset, too.

            Some are so angry about the current president they could explode. There are people so angry with the government they’re ready to lead or participate in a revolt, and sadly, there was a man so angry with the Internal Revenue System, he decided to crash his airplane into a government building Thursday.

            The child of God cannot afford to get caught up in this kind of behavior. The Apostle Paul wrote, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men,” (Romans 12:18). Greek scholar A.T. Robertson translated the phrase, “as much as lieth in you,” as “the from you part.” When it comes to my life and my conduct ― the from me part ―   I’m expected to put God first and live in accordance with his will, not as a hooligan.

            We must not allow people to force us to disobey God’s word. Peter told the Sanhedrin this in Acts 5:29. We must obey God rather than man. There will always be those who want to disrupt the preaching of the word.

            But as much as it depends on me, I won’t be the one who allows violence to become the rule of the day. When it comes to “the from me part,” I’m going to depend on God and live like he wants me to live.

#christianity, #peace