Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14.
We have to make a deliberate effort to have and maintain peace in our lives. Daily cultivating an environment and relationships that make for peace.
What we watch on television, what we read and listen to, those people that we surround ourselves with should help us cultivate peace. Paul’s caution in Romans 12:18 says, IF it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceable with all men.
When Abraham set out with his nephew Lot in Genesis 13, strife developed between the two camps over territory. Abraham’s response was to separate himself from Lot and they chose different ways to travel. Again in Genesis 21, Abraham’s servant and his son out of wedlock made fun of his wife and newborn. They threatened peace in his family. Abraham had to make a hard decision to send his son away.
Abraham was a man of peace and his actions and decisions created peace. Two can’t walk unless they be agreed. There are times when we have to separate ourselves even from loved ones that threaten our peace of mind.
In other situations there are people who God has placed in our lives to fulfil a purpose and we have to do everything in our power to maintain peace. Let us speak the truth in love and consider each other better than ourselves. We have to develop better conflict resolution strategies and find a way to let people know how we feel.
Sometimes we learn dysfunctional relationship and communicating patterns that we transfer to relationships. The good news is that whatever we learn we can unlearn. Let us extend grace to others and seek to resolve and settled differences quickly in order not to foster resentment and bitterness.