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  • How to Be a Peacemaker (Part 2)

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    Peacemaking isn’t a well-developed skill in our world today, but it’s a skill that can be learned. In fact, Jesus calls all believers to be peacemakers. In yesterday’s devotional, I shared three keys to biblical peacemaking. Here are four more:

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  • How to Be a Peacemaker (Part 1)

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    Our natural tendency is to hate our enemies or at least to avoid them at all cost. But if you run from conflict, you’re going to be miserable most of your life. Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He calls us to be peacemakers — not peacekeepers. There’s a huge difference. Peacekeepers avoid conflict and pretend it doesn’t exist. But peacemakers resolve conflict and reconcile relationships.

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  • Take the High Ground for a Clear Perspective

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    We all have EGRs (people with Extra Grace Required) in our lives. They annoy us, anger us, frustrate us, and test us. But they also help us grow. God calls us to demonstrate mercy to all people — even those who cause us the most trouble.

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  • Stay Out of the Mud

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    Retaliation never works with EGRs (Extra Grace Required people). It tends to escalate whatever problem you’re encountering. Over the last few devotionals I’ve shared with you the first four steps in dealing with people who frustrate, annoy, and hassle you:

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  • Hold Your Tongue About EGRs

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    If you don’t have trouble with my first three suggestions for how to deal with those frustrating Extra Grace Required people (EGRs) in your life (look behind their behavior, refuse to be offended, and cut them some slack), the fourth will likely be the toughest.

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  • Cut People Some Slack

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    Everybody has bad days. Kay knows that I have two touchy times every week. I’m touchy on Saturday afternoon because I’m focused on the message I am about to preach. And the other time I’m touchy is Monday morning, because I’m drained from preaching all weekend and talking to people between services. So Kay makes allowances for that. She cuts me some slack.

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  • A Tender Heart and a Tough Hide

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    In yesterday’s devotional, I wrote that we need to look at the pain behind the behavior of people who need extra grace. We learned that hurt people hurt people.

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  • Look Behind the Behavior of Those Who Frustrate You

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    We all have people in our lives that drive us nuts. I call them EGRs, which stands for Extra Grace Required. But have you ever thought that God puts them in your life to be heavenly sandpaper. They may irritate us, but God uses them to take off our rough edges and shape our character.

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  • Care Enough to Spend Whatever It Takes

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    Demonstrating mercy begins with seeing the need, sympathizing with others’ pain, and taking action. The Good Samaritan modeled all of that behavior when he reached out to care for the injured man. But there’s a critical fourth step to showing mercy that he also demonstrated.

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  • When You See a Need, Act Now

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    The last few days we’ve been looking at what the Parable of the Good Samaritan can teach us about demonstrating mercy to those who are hurting. We’ve seen that we must see the needs around us and sympathize with people’s pain.

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