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Notice Paul says we are to make this kind of wholehearted effort with “all men.” In my situation, these words “all men” meant I had to seriously attempt to live peaceably even with the ill-mannered pastor who continually upset me with his offensive behavior. The words the Holy Spirit used in this verse are unquestionable. The words “all men” is a translation of the words panton anthropon. The word panton is an all-encompassing word that means everyone. The word anthropon comes from anthropos, the Greek word that describes all of mankind, including male and female of every race, nationality, language, religion, and skin color — no one excluded. There is no phrase in Greek that could be more all encompassing than panton anthropon. It literally embraces the entire human race.

It’s important for me to point out that these words “all men” do not mean we have to agree with all people everywhere or condone their behavior. It means that if at all possible, as much as depends on us, we are to be at peace with them.

The Holy Spirit led me to Romans 12:18, which says, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” This verse gave me direction. It provided helpful answers that enabled me to deal successfully with this difficult situation. And I believe the answers I received and the insight I gained will help you understand how to deal with that person who constantly rubs you the wrong way.

Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?  (Amos 3:3)

Writing the story of "us" with a happy ending to a marriage seems to be a greater challenge every decade. It is little wonder that a large percentage of people are unwilling to "tie the knot" at a marriage altar. The fact is that the number of broken hearts and homes is absolutely out of control, and it isn't an isolated phenomenon. It's all over the world. Marriage has fallen upon hard times with as many or more marriages failing as those that succeed, and even for those who remain married, a large percentage of men and women relate to each other like roommates instead of couples who dearly love each other. Intimacy has gone out the window, being replaced by stress, schedules that take each other different directions, compounded by bone-tiredness.
Couples enter into marriage with different expectations. Some brides expect their husbands to be the knight in shining armor who sweeps her off her feet and provides for her like the daughter of a king.  From day one on, there are two problems: She is not Cinderella and he is not Prince Charming. The problem with your marriage, sir, is that you married a sinner, and the fact is that your mate married one too.

God has blessed us with the gift of life, but being the gentleman that He is, He lets us choose for ourselves what kind of life we want. He’s our heavenly Father and He knows what’s best for us, but He loves us enough to allow us to make our own decisions. Some people make the wrong decision, and fill their life with anger, condemnation, and defeat. Others choose wisely, deliberately filling their life with His grace.

Grace is the unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor that God has for us, and we feel its unmistakable power when we let it touch all areas of our life. It’s based on the finished works of Jesus instead of our own self-efforts, so we can have peace of mind knowing it’s available regardless of how often we “mess up” and make mistakes. Many people caught up in their own daily affairs completely miss this point, but some actually understand it. “So too at the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority), selected (chosen) by grace (by God’s unmerited favor and graciousness). But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]” (Rom. 11:5-6).


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