“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” – Romans 12:18

The central command of this verse is simple: Christians are always to conduct themselves to preserve good relationships with everyone in their lives. Not just friends, family or fellow Christians. But everyone. Including enemies.

This is, of course, easier said than done. That’s because, if people are to live at peace, everyone involved must “do their part.” Unfortunately, no matter how perfectly we may conduct ourselves, we will encounter people in the course of our lives who will make trouble for us. So, Paul the Apostle qualifies the command of this verse: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you.”

Bottom line: Christians must always value peace and do everything in their control to preserve it in all our relationships, even with those who have no interest in living at peace with us.

If peace fails, it should not be the fault of any disciple of Christ.

Father, Give us your heart to love peace. Holy Spirit, help us wisely navigate conflict to preserve peace and give us strength to endure mistreatment when longsuffering is needed to this end.  Amen.