Richard Waialeale

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." (Matthew 5:9)
Of the many names Jesus is known for, He is also recognized as the Prince of Peace. When you have Him in your life you're going to be at peace. A peacemaker attacks the problem and not the person.
When you’re a peacemaker, you say whatever you've got to say in a positive way AND IN LOVE. If you say something offensively it will be received defensively.

7 rules for fighting fair in a relationship:

  1. Never Compare -- Never say "Why can't you be like -----" or "You're just like --------" It's unfair to compare.

  2. Never Condemn -- Don't say "You should..." "You ought..." "You must...." "You Guys" These absolutes. Whenever you start a sentence with "You" it's often a condemnation.

    Change it around and say "We've got a problem here...." or "It seems to me...." or "I feel......" Without condemning the person.
  3. Never Command -- Never end an argument by force. "I demand that you do what I say."

  4. Never Challenge -- Don't threaten people. We are to build up and not tear down.

  5. Never Condescend -- Never belittle, ridicule, or play psychologist. Don't play historian either.

  6. Never Contradict -- Never interrupt in the middle of the sentence. Wait for your turn to talk.

  7. Never Confuse -- Never bring up unrelated issues where you sidetrack or create diversions. Stick to the main issue.
Do these seven things, and learn to attack the problem rather than attack the person.
Where can you get that strength and that power that gives you the peace? By meeting the Prince of Peace. Jesus Christ. And asking God to put His Spirit of Peace in your heart.
"Let the peace of heart that comes from Christ be always present in your hearts." I need that kind of peace, because by one wrong move, I can lose it all.
Father I pray, let the peace of God which transcends all understanding guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Devotions for April 18

1 Samuel 20,21
Psalm 34
Matthew 5

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