The Abundant Life: Riches money can’t buy…
The abundant life seeks peace.
Much is said in the Bible about peace. Ephesians 4:3 says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace.” Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” In fact, we are instructed to seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm 34:14)
This is easier said than done, because dealing with people can be very difficult—and at times, we can be very difficult. Sometimes our zeal to always be right can hinder our relationships with others. How important is it to always be right?
For example, let’s say you are driving down the road and another car is coming towards you. Both of you are in the same lane. You have a right to be in that lane and the other car doesn’t. However, the other car has no intention of changing lanes. Neither do you. In fact, you are adamant about your right to be there. So a head on collision occurs and both drivers die. Yes, you were right. You might say you were “dead right!” But who cares? You’re dead.
Those who feel they must always be “right at any price” leave a trail of hurt and sorrow wherever they go. They are argumentative and belligerent. They might win an argument but lose a friend. Peacemakers are not argumentative or belligerent. They develop qualities like humility, gentleness, patience, kindness, and meekness which helps them have a richer, more abundant life.
There may be times when we should take a stand, but if we are honest with ourselves, most of our conflicts are over trivial matters. The Bible tells us to avoid foolish and ignorant disputes because they generate strife. A servant of the Lord should not quarrel. They should be gentle to all, exhibiting patience and humility. (2 Timothy 2:23-26) God’s servants should be kind to everyone.
David said, “Lord keep me from presumptuous sins.” (Psalm 19:13) It’s not good to presume that we are always right and the other guy is always wrong. Those living the abundant life realize that quarrelsome people seldom accomplish desired results. They seek and pursue peace.
“…I have come that they may have life and that they
may have it more abundantly.” ~John 10:10 (KJV)