Getting along with others is vital, and here are some pointers. Refuse slander because it’s infectious and only contaminates (Proverbs 15:18, 26:17-22). A person’s mouth must be used for encouragement not destruction (James 3:8-12; Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 4:6; Luke 4:22). When people do you wrong, don’t resort to violence. Physically attacking someone is based upon wrath and such actions never work righteousness (James 1:20). Don’t be a walking time bomb because such people are always in trouble and apologizing because of their tempers. The Bible teaches, “wrath rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
Look at the example set by Jesus. He was slandered and suffered many wrongs, yet He didn’t repay evil for evil (1 Peter 2:21-23; Romans 12:17-21). When issues arise, men must settle them honorably (Philippians 2:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 2 Corinthians 8:21; Col. 3:13). Being friendly toward others cannot hurt—a smile requires a few face muscles, while a frown demands more. So if you are feuding with someone and would like to work toward peace, give them a sincere greeting.
If the person has the right spirit, he will respond in a positively. If not, you have done what you could, so move on (Proverbs 14:7).
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