Living at peace with all people doesn’t all depend on you!



“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” … Romans 12:18

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In the new Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks is described as “Standing Man” to emphasize the fact that he stood up for his beliefs. I really liked the film, as much as I liked Spotlight, which I saw last week.

This Spielberg thriller centers on the true story of a Cold War-era spy swap.  Hanks stars as the lawyer negotiating the trade. British actor Mark Rylance appears as the Soviet agent who is traded for a U.S. pilot.

The movie made me think a lot about Paul’s encouragement in Romans 12 where he says, “As far as it depends on you, live at peace with all people.”  Of course, when you are doing your dead-level best to be a peacemaker, to stand up for what you think is right, everything in the equation does not depend on you.  Sometimes you decide to do the right thing, but those you encounter don’t start with the same equation.

What do you do then?  That’s the challenge, isn’t it?

What do you do when you have decided to take your stand come what may?  And how, in times of serious conflict, can you still effectively factor in the words of Jesus who says, “In everything, treat people the way you want to be treated?

This thriller will make you think and makes for a great discussion about when to stand your ground and when to let things go.

Highly Recommended…

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