“as far as it depends on you”

Though we have Christ’s calling to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44), we must remember that Jesus doesn’t guarantee that same active-love to be reflected.

With most ministry leaders being “approval-jukies,” one of the biggest lessons in leadership (& life) is to know that some people won’t like you…no matter what you do.

Never forgo the words of Paul who states in Romans 12:18, If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

The key here is, “as far as it depends on you.” You can only do so much. You can’t control how people respond to you, but only your own response.

Seek to live at peace, with the reality that the desire for peace may only be a one-way street.


~ by Dave Smith on April 5, 2008.

One Response to ““as far as it depends on you””

  1. Especially poignant hearing that you’re taking some hits right now. Praying for you, brother! Your job is not an easy one.

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