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by Dr Andre and Jenny Roebert
Monday, 11 March 2019 | Reading taken from Romans 12:18 (NIV)
Romans 12:18 (NIV): "If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."
I love the way the Amplified Classic version says, "as far as it depends on you,..." It can be so tempting for us to have the last word in an argument or disagreement, just to satisfy that need to justify yourself. The problem is, that final say is often like an armed missile, guaranteed to stir up strife and not peace. Anyone can succumb to the temptation of firing that last verbal assault, but it takes real self-control to keep quiet and hold your peace. Why is this so important? I believe verse 21 of Romans 12 sums it up pretty accurately: "Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.". When we learn how to master over our flesh and yield to the Holy Spirit, no matter how great the temptation to do otherwise, our obedience always places us in a position where the Lord Himself fights on our behalf. And when He does, goodness, mercy and blessing dominate the outcome; instead of hurt, strife and evil intent. Decide to obey the Word of God that says, "...as far as it depends on you, choose peace,..." and watch what the Lord will do.