I don’t like to admit it but at 70 years of age I am definitely in the category of “old”. I have observed that old people tend to be set in their ways, that they have definite opinions on most everything, they are often difficult to get along with, and they have regular bouts of grumpy. I have worked hard at not letting another characteristic of old people be part of my life, and that is “fat and out of shape”. So if I can do that, I certainly should be able to keep the “hard to get along with and grumpy” out of my life. A part of my personal mission statement is, ” pursue peace with every person, no matter what”. It is based on these Bible verses:
Romans 14:19 So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
1 Peter 3:11 He must turn away from evil and do good; He must seek peace and pursue it.
“Pursue peace with all men”, that is a very hard command, but a command from the Lord, therefore we must take it seriously. To be at peace with every person in our life will require a bunch of apologies, and those are always difficult. It will require that we admit we were wrong. Sounds to me like pursuing fish