FaithSpring’s 40-day Prayer Challenge for Lent
Day 38, Friday, April 7, 2017
Pray to be at peace with others. Action: Reconcile with someone today!
The closer we get to Christ’s resurrection, the more challenging the Action Items. Can you, being like Christ, seek to be at peace with others? With EVERY
person you know?
Forgiveness, reconciliation, relationship. Being “at peace” with others involves these aspects, yet even when restoration – or initiation of – relationship is not yet accomplished, with God’s help we can, indeed, be at peace with others.
Being at peace does not have to mean that everything is hunky-dory. Being at peace means we choose to no longer fuel the emotions that drain us; intead, we choose to accept what can and cannot change and we choose to be loving and kind, forgiving and accepting, even if the circumstances remain. Being at peace means we won’t seek retaliation or harm, correcting another’s behavior, or beating ourselves up for something we can’t undo; instead, we choose to let God be God with circumstance and trust that He will honor our choice for loving, kind living with actions that support a heart of good.
Being at peace in the heart is a good thing and, at times, choosing inner peace may be the only thing we can do when another party is stuck on pause for more opportunity. However, even though “being” at peace is very, very good, God still wants us to strive for the very, very best and give our all to seek reconciliation with others.
Pray today that you might remain at peace with God’s love for others flowing out of you, even with those that may be hard to love. As for action, you probably know where you need to reconcile – either in offering grace, admitting fault, or just recognizing you may have unknowingly created pain in the life of someone else. Today’s challenge comes with the choice to act on God’s desire and to seek to reconcile. Pray about it, ask God’s wisdom and direction, and, if you feel that tug on your heart, just do it!
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” - Romans 12:18