How to Live Peaceably

How to Live PeaceablyThe enemy, the devil, and this world are wanting to get you ejected from the game of life. They want to lie to you, put you under bondage, and keep you from enjoying Jesus and what he wants to do in your life. That’s the reality we live in.

So how do you–and I–stay strong in the grace of God?

Trust, Not Performance

You need to step up to the plate every day, expecting and trusting that God’s grace will be with you.
In the batter’s box of life, pitches are coming at you high and inside like never before. But you need to step up to the plate every day, expecting and trusting that God’s grace will be with you. And one of these days, just maybe, you’ll hit for the cycle, who knows.

Either way, be committed to contending for the faith. That’s what we’re called to do.

Once we belong to Jesus and we’ve presented ourselves to God, there’s a transforming work that will take place that cannot take place anywhere else in this world.

He transforms us by taking away the desires for the world, and giving us the desires for Him. This is how it works:

We are destined to condemnation, but Jesus has saved us. He has given us ever-lasting life. This is the good news! He accomplished what we couldn’t do for ourselves. In return, he asks us to present ourselves to Him, and gives us the grace we need to do so.

The grace that saved us is the grace that sustains us. It’s grace upon grace.

He is not looking for us to perform for Him, he is just looking for us to trust Him. So when we get into life’s battles, it’s not up to us, it’s up to Him. Just like we received the grace for salvation, we have to receive this grace to walk.

Continue Steadfastly, with Love

When you present yourself to God, He’s transforming your life, and you’re becoming more like Jesus. He continues to gives you grace for the race, and grace and faith to trust Him.

But how does this work out?

It must work out—it has to work out—with sincere love, and not in hypocrisy.

We want to continue steadfastly in prayer and we want to be mindful of other people to provide for their needs. Practically speaking, these are things that continually demonstrate the fact that we belong to Him. We live for others, and not for ourselves.

That is the transforming work.

And what happens is that we begin to understand how to live peaceably. But it takes a sense of perseverance to have this peace with others, and to understand conflict, and to make a personal commitment for a peaceable resolution. It would be a foolish thing to think that once we are believers, once we are saved, once we have the peace of God, the love of God, the joy of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, that we’ll be conflict free.

That is a lie. Don’t believe it. It just doesn’t exist.

There are battles that go on in everyone’s life. In marriages, in churches, in workplaces, in families, and in schools.

Patient in Tribulation

The Bible says you will have tribulation. You will have conflicts. But what are going to do about it? Will you throw in the towel?

Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse.

When something happens to you, and eventually something will, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to handle it with grace?

Jesus said in Mathew 5:44:

“I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

How do we understand these things? How do we stay focused? How do we walk with the Lord? How do we allow the greatness of God to prevail in all these situations?

Jesus is helping us understand. You bless others.

You want to live the transformed life, right? Then bless others.
You want to live the transformed life, right? Then bless others.

This is hard, this is really hard, but pray that the Lord would help you bless others, and that they’d understand how great He is. Who knows what is going on in their world, who knows what is happening. I don’t know. But the Lord does.

Do you understand what would happen to our hearts if I we did this regularly and consistently, in our cars, in our workplaces, and in our homes?

Jesus said, in Luke 23:34,

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

In the midst of dying on the cross for their sins, Jesus delivered a blessing. He understood and is teaching us that we have to release our resentment. That’s the way it works.

Remember, we are all accountable to God.

They are not accountable to you, even though you want them to be. You want to be in charge of their life. You want to direct and dictate and rule over someone else—and that’s wrong. They are accountable to God, and we’re accountable to God, as well.

It’s very freeing when it we understand this, too—because that’s when repentance, restitution, and restoration, can take place.

Don’t mistake forgiveness for restitution.
But don’t mistake forgiveness for restitution. There needs to be restitution–and it will take an undermined amount of time, with loving patience and painful emotional conversations. But the future reward is well worth the wait.

Respond with Blessing

[tweetable]Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. This is so important.[/tweetable] This has to do with a heart-felt response. The Bible tells us about the emotions Jesus showed in difficult situation toward the people He loved. This is how we live peaceably with one another. We decide we want to extend blessing, not a curse, and not criticism.

Through sacrificial living we can say to another, “I’m there for you. I’m with you.”

Ask God for forgiveness for reacting instead of responding, and start responding with words of blessing. Know that despite conflict, there is a reason to believe and to hope. There can be the possible, peaceable solution. As much as it depends upon you, don’t look at the wrongs in others’ lives, but look to Jesus to right the wrongs in your life.

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