Live in Harmony and Peace

I consider myself pretty even tempered and easy to get along with. I rarely get angry to the point of raising my voice or interrupting others when they are saying things I don’t agree with or like. I try to listen and consider what others have to say before I respond. When no agreement can be reached to a mutual satisfaction I can agree to disagree and not be mad or hold a grudge.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Jas 1:19-20

However, this has been tested recently and I have had to talk to Jesus about an issue that concerns many people and is causing conflict among friends and neighbors. Tempers have flared and angry words exchanged. I have my opinion that tends to align itself with one side of the conflict but I understand the concerns of the other side. Conversations have become contentious…and loud. I have done fairly well keeping my comments fair and quiet, but I have been complaining! Jesus is clear about this,

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, 
Phil 2:14-15a

Interesting that I can pat myself on the back for being so reasonable and able to see bothheart-1463421_640 sides of the issue and yet complain about the advocates on both sides. Seems I have some work to do on my attitude.

In a few days, this will be decided. Some will be happy and some not happy. All will be well in the eyes of those who have their thoughts confirmed and those who do not will be upset and angry. I wonder what the cost of this controversy will be. Loss of friendliness and goodwill, cordiality and peace?

Live in harmony with each other.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Ro 12:16a,18

To live in harmony understanding of our differences is needed and to live in peace acceptance of our differences is needed. Jesus tells us how we are to do this and I am praying that we will listen and take to heart what He has to say.

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.
Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Jo 13:34

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Isaiah 26:3 niv

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When we trust the Lord, really trust Him,
any troubles or concerns we may have
will not make us anxious or depressed.
We need only to remain in His presence
and anchored in our faith to know 
His perfect peace.

How do you stay firm and strong in your faith?
How does the Lord make His presence known to you?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Romans 12:18 niv

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To have peace with others, we must first have peace within ourselves.  
There are times we meet people who are hard to get along with,
disruptive, argumentative, disagreeable, angry, unhappy people.  
They probably have problems we don’t know about that affects their attitude.  
To find peace with them is difficult and sometimes just doesn’t happen.
As best we can be let’s be understanding, kind and compassionate. 
It may be best to let them go on their way apart from us
while we pray that they find the peace that comes with the Lord’s grace.

Is there someone close to you that threatens the peace you know?
Have you had to distance yourself from them?
Do you pray for them?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Colossians 3:15 niv

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If we let the peace of Christ take root in our hearts
it will flourish and take over the field of our hearts
leaving no room for chaos or disharmony to grow.

Whatever is happening in your life today,
will you thank Jesus for giving you His peace? 

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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