We probably all have difficult relationships to navigate, and the holiday season can bring out the worst in folks! I know it is hard to believe – but sometimes we are being the difficult one! I want to share some thoughts and empowering verses of Scripture that continue to help me!
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Isaiah 32:18
It is God’s desire that we coexist with peace – we thrive where peace abounds, and can enjoy true rest.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
With God’s help, we can determine in our hearts to live at peace. How do we do that when people seem to be determined to “rock our boat”? We disconnect ourselves from their toxic behavior, by following the steps offered in the previous post. When we really think about it – a person can only irritate us when we let them. Remember it is “with God’s help” that we can do this! I am guessing that you are just like me – and can get yourself in trouble when you take matters and relationships into your own hands! As we lean into and onto Christ for our strength even the impossible is possible – trust Him!
Cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
Jesus cares about everything that concerns you and me! Just like you would cast a fishing net out over the water – we are to case our cares out away from us – onto Jesus. Another illustration would be to “roll” something that is heavy onto stronger shoulders. When you take the necessary action of giving your cares and concerns to Jesus, peace will fill your home and your heart!