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Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection;
outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints;
extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another;
do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
At the beginning of every year many of us take time to make a list of resolutions, decisions we make to change our behavior for the better. Perhaps we want to change a bad habit into a good one, or maybe we want to add a positive thought or action to the list we already keep. The scripture above seems to be Paul’s list of resolutions for the church in Rome. They are summed up in the last line: If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
Living peaceably takes effort. It requires that we think about how our behavior will affect others before we take action. It requires considering others’ plans, expectations, and even desires before making our own decisions. Tough stuff, huh?
Have a blessed New Year.
As always remember that in everything we do, we do it
All for Jesus,