Making Peace - Settling Disputes

Richard Waialeale

"If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church!" (1 Corinthians 6:1, 4)
Did you know that one of the many names Jesus holds in authority, He is also recognized as the Prince of Peace. When you have Him in your life you're going to be at peace.

It's foolish to start arguments but it's wise to keep the peace. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." Take the initiative and don't wait for the other person to make the first move.

Whether you're the offender or if you're the offended, the Bible says, the ball is always in your court. Why is that? Because you are the one with Jesus. You take the initiative. You take the first step.

The longer you wait to resolve a relationship problem the bigger it gets. The problem just gets worse. Peacemakers always take the initiative. In 1979 Anwar Sadat was given the Nobel peace prize. Why? Because he took the initiative. He broke through a 2000 year barrier between Israel & Egypt and he was the first Arab leader to fly to Israel and said "Let's set down and talk about this." Peacemakers always take the initiative.
In a book written by Bill Hybels of Willow Creek, he says that in the Bible, one of the common occupations of the Hebrew culture were fishermen. Jesus called His disciples, fishers of men. But what happens when fishermen are not fishing, when we are not evangelizing fishing for people. They are fighting. When fishermen are not fishing when there's no fish. They begin fighting with each other. Think of a person right now that I need to make peace with.
Father my heart is to be at peace with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Be with me as I settle any unsettled issues not so much to resolve it but to reconcile and make peace. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.

Devotions for March 21

Joshua 9,10,11
1 Corinthians 6

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