2 Thessalonians 3:2 – And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
Romans 12:18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world..
Accustom yourself to unreasonableness and injustice. Abide in peace in the presence of God, who sees all these evils more clearly than you do, and who permits them. Be content with doing with calmness the little which depends upon yourself, and let all else be to you as if it were not. FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON.
Sometimes you just can’t make peace when someone really wants to fight. When people are not saved, guess what, they walk in the flesh. Big surprise! The Bible commands us to live peaceably with all men, not just the ones we feel like being nice to. The only limitation is “as much as lieth in you.” You say, “I have my limits”, or “no one can expect me to put up with that.” The Bible says as much as lies within us. The apostle Paul was setting us up in Romans 12! The reality is, the Holy Ghost with God’s infinite love lies within you. As much as God can, we are to live peaceably with all men.
That does not mean we are going to change people’s actions toward us. Instead it means we change our attitude and actions toward others. This is about the peace of God ruling in our heart, not others. You cannot control anyone’s actions other than your own. When we see all the evils and problems that come our way, we can know that God saw them coming long before. God allowed them and crafted them to grow our faith in Him. He knows what trial it will take to grow us. God allows unreasonable people in our life sometimes just so he can deliver us.
It all comes down to contentment. We need to be content with who God has brought our way to possibly try our patience. Contentment with your lot in life shows trust in God. There is often very little we can control in this life. We need to do our little part that God has asked of us and let him take care of the rest. God wants you to have peace and contentment in your soul. You will never have that until you forgive and forget. Dealing with the unreasonable can be trying no doubt, but God wants to grow your peace. He wants what is best for you. Will you trust him today? Will you let his peace rule in your heart or will you be controlled by the flesh.
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