Daily Reflections

Live in Peace

June 17, 2023 Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. —Romans 12:18

It seems like everybody is suing everybody else. That makes one husband’s choice seem all the more extraordinary.

During a routine procedure, a doctor’s mis- take cost him the life of his wife. In the days that followed, he promised to “bring down that hospital!” He demanded a meeting with administrators and vowed to sue them for everything they had.

On the way to the meeting, this husband realized he was heading into a dungeon of anger and bitterness. To be free, he’d have to do what God had done for him.

When he got to the hospital, he walked directly to the doctor who had operated on his wife. He reached out his hand and said, “The only way I’m going to be able to live with any peace the remainder of my life is to forgive you.”

Two people walked out of that conference room as free men that day—but none more free than the one who offered the release, the one who did the forgiving.

Make it Personal

Ask the Lord to examine your heart to see if you’re harboring any anger or bitterness. Then choose to forgive as God has forgiven you.