As far as it depends on you…

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone,”
(Romans 12:8).

Of course it doesn’t all depend on us, does it?  There are all kinds of people within the sphere of your life with whom you are in contact every single day.

I think the best response to this verse is to follow Christ’s example — who humbled himself and was obedient until his death (Philippians 2:5-11) — by extending to others the same humility, grace and kindness that Jesus has shown us.

The only response you can control in any given situation is your own. I think by asking 3 questions we can determined whether we have made our best efforts to live at peace with everyone, if possible and as far as it depends on me:

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Have I surrendered this issue to the Lord and am I seeking Him?

Have I examined my heart, thoughts and actions?

Have I exhausted all reasonable methods to humbly connect with the other person and confess my role in the issue?

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