Scripture Reading: Romans 12:10–18
Key Verse: Romans 12:18
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Have you ever encountered a person who would not allow you to be kind to them? Despite your loving comments or gestures, perhaps they insulted you or accused you of having some ulterior motive. How should Christians respond to those who will not accept another’s attempt at peace?
While the New Testament contains several passages instructing believers to practice peace, Romans 12:18 does so with the understanding that some people will not accept your peace offerings. As such, the apostle Paul added two qualifications to the command to be peaceful.
First was the condition, “If it is possible.” This indicated that there are times when peace with another person is not possible. These people may not be interested in a peaceful environment, or they may even enjoy causing other people harm.
Second was the phrase, “as much as depends on you.” This should only be taken to mean as far as you can go without sacrificing your God-given principles. When one’s conditions for peace countermand God’s rules for living, then this peace is unacceptable.
Despite the occasions when peace may be impossible, it is still the Christian’s responsibility to seek peace. Do not use the above qualifications as an excuse to give up. You will only be excused when you have made every effort for peace.
Lord, I realize it is my responsibility to seek peace. Help me to make every effort to achieve peace with others.