in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably
with all men.” While Paul surely meant to convey the idea of being at peace
with others, it seems that there is more to it than that. Notice the phrase
that he used: “live peaceably.” One
Psalmist said, “…seek peace and pursue
it” (Psalm 34:14). Living peaceably
denotes an active pursuit of peace. We need to be people who seek peace.
I’ve read Romans 12:18 and concentrated on the first half of the verse – “If it is possible, as much as depends on
you.” Yes, there are some people with whom it is impossible to live in peace,
but that does not give us a license to neglect our peace-making responsibility.
We should avoid any action that would jeopardize peacefulness such as speaking
evil and lies about another (I Peter
all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (II
Zechariah said, “Love the truth and peace” (Zechariah