Let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. – Romans 14: 19
What a challenge this can be. It is so much easier to listen to gossip or to roll one’s eyes with suspicion. The genuine peacemaker has a lasting challenge to smooth the tangled ends of resentments or the beginnings of a quarrel. What Paul suggests is both a gift to the community and grace for the one who practices it, but it is not easy.
If practice makes perfect, then let us resolve to start our peacemaking before another day elapses. The occasion will present itself.