If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
When it comes to how patient we should be with others, the Bible is pretty clear. In 1 Thessalonians (1 Thess 2:7 and 1 Thess 2:11), Paul compares the patience we should demonstrate to our own family to that which we are to show other believers.
Throughout the New Testament, Paul reminds us to seek peace. In Romans 14:19, he says, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” We find similar statements elsewhere in Romans, again in Ephesians, and in Colossians. Hmmm, I wonder if God is trying to tell us something?
Christ paid for our peace with His blood. This act of righteousness leads to justification and eternal life to anyone who places their faith in Him. When we do so, we are at peace with God, and when we find peace with God, we experience the peace of God, which allows us to extend peace to one another.
So if you find it difficult to live peacefully with those around you, start by turning to Christ. Believe in Him, accept the gift of salvation, and “search for peace, and work to maintain it (1 Peter 3:11).” When we learn to put aside our differences and work together in harmony, it’s a testimony to God’s power.
Today’s author is Mark Henderson. He is the founder and host of The Inspired Legacy Podcast.