This cat does not look so happy! If he could, he looks like he would like to point that remote control at his owner and turn him off! There are times I am unhappy as well, usually because someone else has the remote in their possession and is controlling the television. My tastes in programming are usually different than those of my husband, but whoever has it, has the control.
Our verse for today encourages peace. What we do to achieve it depends not on the other person but on one’s self. As much as we would like to control the behavior and words of others, we cannot. We can however, control how we react when provoked. As much as it depends on us, we are to choose the response that keeps the peace.
There is a lot that can depend on me in keeping the peace. I am responsible for how I react. A gentle answer can turn away wrath (Prov. 15:1). Kindness, compassion, and forgiveness can diffuse a volatile situation and soften another’s heart. (Eph. 4:32) No, I cannot control someone else, but with the help of God’s Spirit, I can respond in a way that makes peace possible.
This verse is so realistic when it says,”if it is possible.” When only one of two disputing people are interested in peace, it is not likely to happen (4:32). But having done all that depends on me, I can pray and trust God to work. Perhaps one day there will be peace. In an impossible situation, I have a God who does the impossible!
Thank you Lord, that Your Spirit can help me live peacefully.