Consider the families of Cain and Abel, Isaac and Jacob. Ever since Cain and Abel, peace in the family has been a challenge. And the bad blood between Isaac and Jacob still affect our world a millennia later. However, we are called, as the Children of God, to love one another and to live peacefully.
Scripture tells us in Romans 12:18: "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all". Note that there is no guarantee of peace. But as far as it depends on each one of us, we must strive for peace. Family should be where peace begins. Husband, wife, and children remain the bedrock of culture and civilization. Remember the saying; "As families go, so goes culture." It isn't easy to live with some. But as far as it is up to you, live peaceably, pray often and fervently for your family. Love them even when they are unlovely, for isn't that what Jesus Christ did for us? Whatever peace, and brief it can be, we enjoy now is a taste of, and what should make us long more fervently for, the final and full peace in the family of God at the wedding feast of the Lamb.
Lord, I come to you with a contrite and humble heart. Forgive me when I sin and fall short of your glory. I pray that you give me the strength to live peaceably when it seems as though peace cannot be found. To live with my family, friends, co-workers, and the world around me in a way that reflects Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for carrying my sin on the cross and dying in my place. Thank you for taking the wrath of God in my place that should have been for me. Help me to remember Your command to live peaceably. May my prayer be pleasing to You. May it be a sweet sound to Your ears and a pleasing aroma. My heart seeks to live in obedience to Your Word. I long for and thirst for the living water. It is in Jesus precious name I pray, amen.