Romans 12:18 (NKJV)
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
We live in a world that is full of abrasive people! The really difficult part about dealing with these people is you never know where they’ll be and when they’ll be there. You never know what day they are going to show up. You’re driving along the road and BAM! A jerk comes out of nowhere! It would be so much easier if God would give you a heads up. Like, “today at 10 a.m CST you will encounter a complete and total jerk! Get ready!!!” But that isn’t the way it works. Most of the time we get caught off guard by them. These events have a way of stealing our peace and our joy, not just in the moment but for the rest of the day, week, or sometimes in extreme cases, years. We get frustrated and angry at what they did to us, and it can affect us in a negative way. We want to get back at them. We want to tell them off!
But the Bible says to “live peaceably with all men”, unfortunately that means jerks are included.
That doesn’t mean you have to be a pushover, but whenever we can take the high road and stay in peace, we should. It’s not easy all of the time but your life will be so much better if you do.
Jesus, help me to keep my peace in every situation. Help me to remain calm and refuse to lash out. Give me the grace and strength to let things go and to forgive quickly. Amen.