By Pastor Brent Coley

Romans 12:17-18
17) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

1. Prefer the other person. Matthew 22:39: “…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

2. Look inward for personal fault first. Romans 12:3: “…not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.”

3. Ask for forgiveness when you are in the wrong. Proverbs 13:10: “Only by pride cometh contention…”

4. Be right in both position and disposition. “David behaved himself wisely.”

5. Never speak when your attitude is wrong. Proverbs 25:11: “a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold…” temperance- “self control”

6. Allow others to make mistakes. Proverbs 19:11: …it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” Matthew 7:2: “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged…”

7. Deal swiftly with strained relationships. Matthew 5:23-24: “…if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.”

8. If necessary, let a mature Christian mediate the strained relationship. I Corinthians 6:5: “…Is it so that there is not a wise man among you? No not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?”

9. Pray for those who frustrate you. Exodus 32:7-14 (Moses and the children of Israel)

10. Be patient. Ecclesiastes 7:8: “…the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
James 1:4: “let patience have her perfect work…”