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Being at Odds

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"If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men." - Romans 12:18

Most of the time, when we are upset or on bad terms with others, we don't usually think of what we can do to make the situation better.  We think that since it's not our fault, the other person should take the initiative in reconciliation!  But Paul says differently.  He tells us that as far as it depends on us, we are to live at peace with all men.  In other words, do as much as you possibly can to reconcile with the people you are at odds with.  Some of the relationships in your life are in need of some serious reconciliation, some of whom do not know Jesus.  The truth is there is no greater demonstration of the Gospel than reconciliation between two parties who are at odds with one another - that's the story of us as believers!  And because God has reconciled us, we should seek reconciliation with others.

Are there any relationships in your life that need reconciling?

Making the Gospel Real

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"Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men." - Romans 12:17

We all know the feeling of revenge.  It's that immediate desire to get back at those who have hurt us.  In today's society, revenge is seen as justified retaliation, and often, it's expected.  But this is simply a cultural ideal, not a biblical one.  As Jesus followers, we are commanded to "never pay back evil for evil to anyone."  You might be thinking, "That's not possible. You don't know what they did to me. I have to get back at them!"  While it may feel that way, our only hope is to respond in gentleness, kindness, and self-control as Christ lives His life in and through us.  That is the response people are waiting to see and what is going to give testimony to the Gospel's realness in our lives.  So when we live according to scripture, we are giving testimony to the power of Christ in us!

Are you living each day in a way that is giving testimony to the Gospel?

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