We saw last week that there is a big, big difference (in the Sunday morning teaching) between keeping the peace and making the peace.
In the mid-term to long-term peace keeping does not work - in fact, it can make matters worse.
God calls us all to be peacemakers.
James 3:17 tells us, "peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness."
Here is what that verse teaches us: Whatever you sow is what you are going to reap.
If you want people to cooperate with you - you have to cooperate.
If you want people to be nice to you, you've got to be nice to them.
If you want people to compromise with you, you've got to compromise with them.
Whatever you are dishing out - is what you are getting back in return.
It is like the proverbial boomerang.
If you have conflict in your family, somehow you are dishing some of it out.
It takes two to have conflict.
So, I challenge you today, this Thursday, to ask yourself, "What can I do?" "What seeds am I planting?"
If you are always planting seeds of griping, complaining, arguing, hassling, and putting down your spouse or whoever, guess what you are going to reap? Conflict.
Whatever seeds you're planting in your marriage, or any relationship is what you are going to grow.
Start planting seeds of peace today.
Just a thought for a Thursday.