Continuing on our look at Romans Twelve and how it helps us to be mediators of our homes and lives, we have made it to Romans 12:17.
"Repay no evil for evil, respect what is honorable in the sight of all men."
Don't take every little grievance to heart. Don't be so defensive that you are actually creating more of an issue than was there before. Think before you speak. Can the "offense" be taken out of context? Could the other person just be having a bad day? Could they have wrong information?
Look for the good in all people. Pride is at the bottom of this verse as well. Don't let pride creep in and cause you to stand in judgement of others. Be kind and forgiving. Focus on their positive attributes and not on their shortcomings.
Take the high road.
This little piece of advice was given to me at a time when I felt like I was under attack. My friend would rattle off the verses of Romans 12, but in a nutshell, it boils down to this. Take the high road. People are going to be unkind, annoying and even cruel. We have no control of any of that. But, no matter what, always take the high road. Do not be reduced to evil for evil but be honorable even in the darkest of times. Returning hate with more hate only creates more hate. Be the stronger person and bring the resolution.
Have you had a time when you just had to bite your tongue and walk away so as not to devour the person who is causing you harm in any number of ways? Share what you did to take the high road!
Elizabeth Bourgeret is a life coach, author and she is the creator of the teen life skills event called Total Truth Workshop and the Leading With Love Series of books, workshops and coaching.