If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18 NIV
There are three parts to this verse, all of which are very significant. Let's look at them individually.
“If it is possible”, in other words if there is a chance, take it. Seek the opportunity and act.
“As far as it depends on you” use your roll in the situation to bring about the best possible result. Don't wait for someone else to step up and make it happen, you do it. Do your part and you are doing what God would want you to do, taking responsibility for your actions.
“Live at peace with everyone”he didn't say some, he said everyone. We can look to Jesus for the example on how to live at peace with everyone. Even though Jesus had more than His fair share of enemies, He acted peacefully toward them.
What Paul is getting at in this verse is that we need to be the peacemakers. He is reaffirming what Jesus said in the sermon on the mount. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 What was that? What will they be called?
Oh, sons of God. As sons of God (children of God) we are to be peacemakers. It is our duty to take on the responsibility, as far as it depends on us, to live at peace with everyone.
As always the lessons that apostles teach have already been lived out and taught by Jesus Himself. He is THE SON of GOD, we are sons of God. Let's take that role seriously and live it out as He did. Many times peace may depend on us and our ability to live at peace with others.
Can He depend on you to be a peacemaker? Today, will you be called a son (child) of God because of the example you set?
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman