A few days ago, I had a situation with a woman that left me feeling insulted and belittled. (Now something you should know is that before that moment I thought she was so sweet. But that day, sweet is not the first word I would have used to describe her.) To prevent this situation from continuing or going any further, I stopped trying to explain why I thought she was wrong and just started saying ok. I finally ended it with “I can always learn something.” I was upset by the situation because I couldn’t understand why she walked over to me when I was busy doing something and then behaved the way she did when I didn’t agree with something she had written, all of this in a room full of people.
As I was getting ready to leave, I was still a little upset and a lot confused. I decided that I didn’t want to leave being upset with her, especially over something so trivial, and with her clearly upset with me. I pulled her to the side and explained (again), what I was saying earlier. I’m not sure why saying it for the 10th time made a difference. But it did. She finally understood what I had been saying, or at least what I thought I was saying.
Later that night, after praying, I reflected on the situation, I realized that God has truly changed me. Not long ago, the situation would not have ended as it did because one thing that really bothers me is when people speak to me in a disrespectful manner. But thankfully, the Holy Spirit is dwelling within me.
The next morning on the way to the gym, I heard a sermon on the radio on the topic of peace. I felt that that sermon was written JUST FOR ME. And then today, my pastor preached a sermon where he talked about dealing with conflicts in our relationships. Again, JUST FOR ME. 🙂
In pursuing peace, we must treat others the way we wish to be treated, not the way they treat us or worse than they treat us. We must always act in love, literally and figuratively. In fact, everything we do and say should come from a place of love.
The LOVE Approach (taken from The Rock Middle School Sunday School Lesson for February 10, 2013):
Lean on Jesus
Veer Away from Vengeance
Explore His Word
Is there someone in your life you have a hard time loving or a hard time forgiving? Pray for that person. Pray and ask God to help you overcome the bitterness in your heart. Ask Him to help you love that person in spite of…
I will continue to make it my mission to not only pursue peace, but to pursue it purposefully. Will you join me?