The Peaceable Us

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What does it mean to be peaceable?

Merriam-Webster tells us we must be disposed to peace.

There’s more, though. We cannot be contentious or quarrelsome.

If that’s not getting through, Webster’s also says we must be quietly behaved.

Need more? Here’s what else Webster’s tells us:

Our life must be free from strife or disorder.

Here’s how the Word of God says it in Romans 12:19:

“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ ”

The same verse in The Message translation makes this instruction personal:

“Don’t quarrel with anyone. Be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible.”

Never avenge yourselfdon’t quarrel with anyone.

Leave it to the wrath of Godbe at peace with everyone.

I will repay, says the Lordwe must put the wrongs done to us in God’s hands.

So, back to our original question: What does it mean to be peaceable?

We must look for ways to get along, even if people around us prick us like a bed of cactuses. We don’t take revenge, even if they’ve wronged us on purpose.

We let it go. We chill. The bad things become like water off a duck’s back.

That’s it. Leave the angry stuff up to God. God will be the source of your strength.

A peaceable life begins with us and flows to those around us.

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