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October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013

October 1, 2013

"Restoring Relationships: Cooperate"

“Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.”Romans 12: 18 TEV

The sixth biblical step toward restoring a relationship is to cooperate as much as possible.

Does that mean that you always have to give in, act like a door mat or allow others to run rough shod over you? Absolutely not! Jesus wanted peace but he also wanted the truth.

You do have to realize something. Peace always has a price. Sometimes it costs us our pride; it often costs us our self-centeredness. Knowing what the price is and deciding when to pay it is the important thing.

The first choice should be to live in peace. You do that by adjusting to others and show a preference to what they need. That’s dealing with the self-centeredness that all of us have.

A paraphrase of Jesus’ 7thbeatitude says, “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are and your place in God’s family.”

This may be confusing at first. Peacemaking is not avoiding conflict. It’s not about running away from a problem, pretending it doesn’t exist or being afraid to talk about it. That’s actually cowardice.

Peacemaking is following the example of Jesus. He was the prince of peace but was never afraid of conflict. He understood that conflict would occur in the promise of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus didn’t try to appease people, He brought them the truth. He refused to back down on issues that were important to His Father, standing His ground in the face of evil opposition.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don