A Life You’ll Love Series.
Relationships are messy and complicated. As long as we live there will always be people who hurt us with words and actions. Naturally, when we are hurt, it makes it more difficult to live at peace. There is turmoil inside… a restlessness that longs to make things right.
As followers of Christ, we are called to be peacemakers and peacekeepers. We are the type of people who should be pursuing peace at all times in all of our relationships. We need to learn to be the first to extend grace and make it easy for people to reconcile with us.
Jesus showed us the way by relentlessly pursuing us and making a way for us to have peace with God. Just as Jesus pursued peace with me, I want to have a heart that pursues peace with others.
It’s hard to have peace on the inside if you refuse to make peace on the outside.
Sometimes, we can do our best to try making peace with people and they want nothing to do with it. They would rather stay angry. That’s not on you. If you’ve tried everything you can, then the burden of making peace is no longer on you.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
If you tried everything you possibly can to make peace and the other party refuses, at some point you need to free yourself from that and just move on. You can’t allow yourself to stay stuck in the past because of someone else’s dysfunction.
Do what’s up to you. That’s all you can do.
Sometimes keeping peace means that I need to choose to let people go and that’s become ok with me.