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“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18, NIV)

Jesus expects His followers to not only get-along with one another, but with everybody else!

There are limits to what we should tolerate, but when we must disagree, we should endeavor to do so without becoming disagreeable.

The persons to whom Paul was writing were seeking to live for Christ in Rome; which was — and is — a diverse, fast-paced, place with more than its share of people with strong opinions, and differing beliefs and values.

There is a desire within most of us to have things our way, and we get brittle when other people seem to be thwarting our plans.  This is not new to anyone.  What is new to most people is a conciliatory (instead of a confrontational) manner.  “Blessed are the peacemakers.”  – Luther

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“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:6-8, NIV)

God’s love for all of us is unconditional — particularly those who have no use for God.

The noted German pastor, Martin Niemoller (1982-1984) said: “It took me a long time to learn that God is not the enemy of my enemies.  He is not even the enemy of His enemies.”  The enemies of Niemoller’s reference were the Nazis.  While he had good reason to hate Hitler and his ilk, Niemoller knew that for Christ’s sake, he had no excuse.

We must take to heart that if God chooses reconciliation with His enemies, we, too, must choose reconciliation with both our enemies, and the enemies of God.

Paul’s letter to the Roman Christians is a pointed reminder of God’s love for all persons; and our obligation to follow our heavenly Father’s example.  – Luther

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