God promises us that those who please him shall make their enemies make peace with them. How is that possible? What steps can we take to build a bridge between ourselves and those who consider themselves our enemies?
Hi and welcome back to Daily Bible Promises with a Twist. Today we’re reading Proverbs 16:7 from the New International Version. “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” This particular verse is translated almost word-for-word the same in the new American Standard Bible so let’s skip that!
But when I read this, I thought, “What ways please the Lord so much that it enables us to make our enemies be at peace with us?”
So, I asked God that question and immediately Micah 6 verse 8 popped into my head. And we’re going to be reading from the new American Standard Bible, Micah 6:8 “He has told you, oh man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.”
I don’t know about you but if there was somebody that I disliked, somebody who I had a disagreement with, someone who perhaps I didn’t trust anymore or who I just did not understand, if I thought that this person walking out Micah 6:8, it would go a long way to help me to dismantle some of the judgments and resentments that I had placed between me and that person.
After all, how hard would it be to consider somebody your enemy when they are demonstrating these characteristics in their lives? They do justice, they love kindness, and they walk humbly with God.
It doesn’t necessarily mean that once there’s reconciliation that takes place, where forgiveness takes place, where an understanding takes place, that these people are suddenly going to be my close intimate friends.
However, at the very least, there might be closure in our relationship and we can both go away feeling heard and we can both wish peace upon each other.
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