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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 5, 2015

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TUESDAY, May 5

Romans 12:18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Sometimes it’s not possible. You can’t live peaceably with someone who prefers war. So do what you can, anyway. When someone spread false rumors about my moral character some years ago, defending myself would have gained me nothing. So I resigned myself to behaving courteously toward that person.

We can do more to live peaceably with all. For example:

Listen. Particularly when controversial questions arise, it’s tempting to talk louder and longer and to try to get the last word. Try instead to listen for something in the other person that you can honor and affirm.

Apologize. Nobody is right about everything. Acknowledge when you have erred.

Laugh. Nothing defuses anger more quickly than laughter—but not just any laughter. Don’t laugh sneeringly at others. Sarcasm can be very funny, but it doesn’t make for peace. Rather, laugh at yourself. It’s hard to remain angry at someone who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously.

PRAY for the Diocese of Niassa (Southern Africa)

Ps 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Wisdom 10:1-4(5-12)13-21; Romans 12:1-21; Luke 8:1-15

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