There are things in this life that are right to do, and things and that are wrong to do… would you agree?
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
- Prayer: letting our requests be made known
Praise: just acknowledging His greatness
Worship: loving on Him, listening and communing
This is so we can recognize the Helper’s voice in time of need. Somewhere along the line we’re deceived to think that this takes half a day to accomplish. Almost like in order to accomplish this critical time with our Maker everyday, we need to officiate a whole church service in our little prayer corners, neglecting our own her responsibilities for a time…
Even if it’s just one minute, we need the Spirit of the Living God to help us with this part. Not having been taught or trained in the societal niceties and philanthropic rules that dictate certain parts of a community, for influence or otherwise… I especially need this to guide my day and to do what is right.
2. In a time of waiting:
Waiting can be the worst though. I hardly can speak on the subject without getting impatient. Waiting is not my strong-suit. How about you, do you like waiting?
But here’s the thing. There are other people around us that our actions affect. When we wait to take action on some things that we believe should be in place depending on the situation. We rob others of “doing the right thing.” Is that right?
A great example of this is going out Christmas shopping for ourselves. This may seem fun while we’re doing it, but then we find out if we had waited until Christmas day we had something much more valuable waiting for us. Given to us by another! We have taken away another’s opportunity to bless us or in this case, do what is right, when we act too soon.
3. As far as it depends on us:
What does this mean? When I first read it, I thought that it meant do everything we can to attain peace. By whatever means necessary. Do whatever it takes to do what is right. But if life has taught me anything its certainly that that strategy is simply exhausting and doesn’t work.
Have you ever noticed that some people are just NOT peaceable? What should we do then? Well, when I read the scripture now I see something much different: It says AS MUCH AS IT DEPENDS ON YOU. Broken down literally it’s basically asking us… what part of the situation depends on us… What part is within our realm of influence? Outside of that… it’s not ours! This is good news… Actually, venturing into an area that is not ours, or that does NOT depend on us is like doing the same thing I mentioned in the previous circumstance. It’s robbing the other party of their opportunity to do what is right.
Vengeance is mine says the Lord, the ultimate space that is not ours. When it counts especially, we have a choice, we are either going to ‘take revenge’ or ‘leave room’…. which one will we choose?
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