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Romans 12:9-21, Peace & Other People

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If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
— Romans 12:9-21

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, January 21, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Daniel D. Maurer from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

crowd of people walking on street

Sartre is often misquoted with the turn of the phrase “hell is other people.” Still, it seems to kind of make sense!

I don’t know about you, but I value my alone time greatly. I love hearing that my wife and my two boys will be out of town for a couple of days to visit relatives or do something without me.

And I immediately miss them a few hours after they’re gone!

As human beings, God created us to live in community. It’s not just difficult with your family and friends, but think of the times when we have to get along with neighbors who we neither know nor trust.

There is now more than 7 billion people living on this planet. We’re beginning to feel the strain of what that population can continue to sustain itself. The following decades, I fear, will be steeped in violence and mistrust. In many ways, they already are.

In times like these, it’s more important than ever to live peacefully with others. How does that happen, though? I believe it begins with simply allowing others to live and learning to understand them better. For such is the work of God, Godself.

Grant me peace to live with others, amen.

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