If Your Enemy….  by Scarlett Stough

Do you need some heavenly wisdom to figure out how to “live peaceably with all” as Paul admonished?

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all (Romans 12:18 ESV.)”

Our natural reaction to a thorny relationship is to think “If only the other person would do such and such” then we could get along. Certainly it takes both parties to create a peaceful and friendly relationship. But the effort needs to start somewhere. Why not with you? If you succeed, you have made a friend, or at least have one less active enemy. If you fail, then you know you’ve fulfilled your responsibility toward God.

There are several principles right here in Romans 12:9-21.

1. Love with sincerity, affection and at the very least, respect (honor.)
2. Serve the Lord not your own selfish interests.
3. Pray for peace and wisdom to work toward peaceful relationships.
4. Supply a need simply because it is needed.
5. Don’t retaliate wrong for wrong.
6. Bless, don’t curse.
7. Leave the dispensation of justice to God while practicing his mercy.

These principles can work in families, in the workplace, in the church, in the neighborhood. Sometimes it may not be possible to turn an enemy into a trusted friend, but we can often prevent an irritating situation from turning into a full scale battle by making an effort to consider the other person’s welfare as much as we do our own.

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