How to Be a Peacemaker (Part 1)

Our natural tendency is to hate our enemies or at least to avoid them at all cost. But if you run from conflict, you’re going to be miserable most of your life. Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He calls us to be peacemakers — not peacekeepers. There’s a huge difference. Peacekeepers avoid conflict and pretend it doesn’t exist. But peacemakers resolve conflict and reconcile relationships.

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Take the High Ground for a Clear Perspective

We all have EGRs (people with Extra Grace Required) in our lives. They annoy us, anger us, frustrate us, and test us. But they also help us grow. God calls us to demonstrate mercy to all people — even those who cause us the most trouble.

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Stay Out of the Mud

Retaliation never works with EGRs (Extra Grace Required people). It tends to escalate whatever problem you’re encountering. Over the last few devotionals I’ve shared with you the first four steps in dealing with people who frustrate, annoy, and hassle you:

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Hold Your Tongue About EGRs

If you don’t have trouble with my first three suggestions for how to deal with those frustrating Extra Grace Required people (EGRs) in your life (look behind their behavior, refuse to be offended, and cut them some slack), the fourth will likely be the toughest.

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Cut People Some Slack

Everybody has bad days. Kay knows that I have two touchy times every week. I’m touchy on Saturday afternoon because I’m focused on the message I am about to preach. And the other time I’m touchy is Monday morning, because I’m drained from preaching all weekend and talking to people between services. So Kay makes allowances for that. She cuts me some slack.

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