There is a verse in the Bible, Romans 12:18, that says “As far as your responsibility goes, live at peace with everyone.” (JB Phillips) My first reaction is, easier said than done. Some people just don’t seem to bring out the peaceful nature in me. In my book, “If You’re a Christian and Everybody Likes You…Something’s Wrong” I realized that seven out of the ten chapters relate to those things we need to have working in our lives to live at peace with anyone, including ourselves.
The single most important one is Obedience. As I have stated before I made this the first chapter, because if you are not willing to be obedient, the other nine chapters are useless. Living at peace means, forgiving and asking forgiveness when it is necessary, praying for one another and for the willingness to love one another, and trusting that God will meet us right where we are.
Some days we have to decide do we want to be right or happy. They are not always mutually exclusive, but a peaceful existence is far better than one filled with stress, strife and turmoil. Ask yourself, will this situation matter to me in two weeks, two months, two years. If the answer is no, let go and move on. As Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27