“If it is possible, as far as
it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” – Romans 12:18, NIV
Wendy lived in dread of every
holiday event. Although she loved her family, there were a few relatives who
were troublemakers. One brother carried anger toward his parents and never
missed a chance to slip in a barb. A cousin constantly told Wendy all of the
ways she failed to be a good wife and mother.
For years, Wendy carried this
pain. She was constantly jumping into the conversation, trying to be the
peacemaker. She thought it was her job to make sure everyone else was happy and
had a good time. What she didn’t realize was that her expectations for the
holiday were keeping her from resting in God.
An elderly friend shared the
truth of Romans 12:18 with her. “The Bible says as far as it depends on you.
That means God wants you to do your part to avoid the arguments and drama. Not
that you have to responsible for stopping everything.”
In family, it can be tempting
to take on the role of peacemaker. But while God wants us to be at peace with
our families, He understands that some people are ornery. He doesn’t expect you
to fix your brother’s issues or solve your cousin’s insecurities.
All you can do is love your
family like Jesus does. Maybe that means keeping silent when your brother tries
to bait you into an argument. Perhaps that means being kind to your cousin and
telling her that you love her decorating style.
God, I love my family. But I release them into Your care.
You see us with our imperfections and sins and You love us just the same. Give
me wisdom and grace to deal with my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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