Live in Peace with all Men

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18

The village seamstress, a Christian woman, Miss Eula, had an apprentice who was learning to sew. This novice studied tailoring for a year, and then one day didn’t show up for lessons. According to the rumors in the village, “She ran off with a pagan.”

Miss Eula’s brother, a notorious idol worshipper helped the young girl elope by driving her in his taxi. The seamstress confronted her brother who beat her up and knocked out several teeth.

According to the law she had the right to take her brother to the court and demand an amount equal to three times her medical expenses. But she did not take her brother to court, but only requested payment for her medical bills.

In front of all the villagers she said, “I forgive you as Christ forgave me.”

As much as humanly possible she was reconciled to her brother. After that they lived in peace in the village.

It sounds impossible, “Live in peace with all men.” But if we are the ones holding anger, resentment or bitterness against others there is no way we can have that peace. Life is too short to waste it on hate and trying to get revenge.

Lord Jesus help us keep peace with those around us.


Have a great week

And thanks for joining me today.



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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One Response to Live in Peace with all Men

  1. Connie Griffith says:

    P.S. I love your stories/devotions; they’re great!!
    Blessings, Connie

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