This week there’s been a lot of activity near our house. The neighbors are fencing themselves in ! Yep, you read it right but thankfully their not upset with us. So this week I’ve heard the buzzing of circular saws, the slamming together of lumber being stacked, and all kinds of other noises to boot, ha ! I was talking with one of the workers on the project yesterday and he told me he has never built such a high fence before — ten feet !! Thankfully, not on our side ! What’s the fuss? Two homeowners unable to get along. It’s sad but it’s our world.
The whole situation reminds me of what Paul admonished us all about in Romans 12:18, “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peacably with all men.” Unfortunately sin is a reality and there will be times that as much as you try to do right, some people won’t respond in kind. Paul goes on to write that when this occurs we’re not to lash out, for “vengeance is Mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” (vs.19). Instead we’re to rise higher, and not by building a bigger wall, but by responding scripturally as verse 20 states, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thous shalt heap coals of fire on his head. ” Your giving him what he needs, out of the love of God, will shame him if he has any kind of a conscience ! Lastly, Paul ends the chapter with the reminder, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (vs.21).
Is there someone you’re feuding with? Do you have walls up that need to be torn down? Sometimes walls are good. Contrary to the ecumenical birds out there, we do need to hold fast to the truths of the Word of God rather than “tear down any walls” dividing us doctrinally. If we don’t stand for Christ and the truth we’ll fall for anything. So we need to stake out our position on the truth of Scripture but the walls we don’t need are the walls of sin and refusal to do what is right. Have the courage to do what’s right and deal LOVINGLY with those with whom you have differences, if they do right you have glorified God and patched up a rift. And even if they won’t do right, you have done your best and God will handle them in His perfect way.