Happiness will follow. Jesus says so. "Blessed are the peacemakers," He promises, the spouse, parents, children who don't insist on having their own way or the last word. Blessed are the Christians in the community who work together with neighbors and respect other people's opinions. Blessed are the believers in the congregation who avoid gossiping and griping, who in all things work to keep peace. God already acknowledges them as His children, and so will their fellow Christians.
Richard Lauersdorf, "Together with Jesus," September 10 devotion