1 Peter 4:8: “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”

Nobody is perfect. Everybody knows that. Thankfully, we believe in a gracious God who is willing to forgive if we ask Him to. He will not only forgive He will forget about it. On one hand He forgets what we have done wrong, but on the other hand He never forgets what we have done right. Isn’t that good news? It goes to show that God highly treasures all our actions motivated by love. Because God is love, He cherishes love, so much so, that He is willing to work with our flawed attempts to live a godly life. Our lifestyle of love makes up for a fair amount of personal shortcomings.

So, in the face of adversity, let’s not give up on loving people. Always seek the high road! If running out of patience, God is more than happy to help. As we work through our conflicts let’s not forget that God does not take sides, is for everybody, and loves all the parties involved. With that in mind it is easy to see that pursuing peace in controversy is what matters to God. Peter, one of Jesus’ followers, stresses the point in one of his letters (1 Peter 3:11):

“Search for peace and work to maintain it.”

This is the same Peter who attacked the people arresting Jesus with a sword to defend Him. Jesus’ reaction (Matthew 26:52): “Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.”

Using the sword and dying by the sword also holds true in the realm of verbal abuse. Like swords, words spoken in anger have a devastating effect; we can throw darts at each other during an unfriendly conversation. Throwing verbal darts at one another on a regular basis ultimately leads to the death of a relationship. So, whatever comes out of our mouth during heated discussions will set the tone in our relationships – or the lack thereof.

Pursuing peace at all costs should always be our priority. We save ourselves a lot of heartaches if we do!

Numbers 6:24-26: “May the Lord bless you and protect you.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”

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