Unlimited: Live at Peace
Aug 21, 2023 195
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).
Every follower of Jesus is called to not only follow the way of peace, but to be a peacemaker. The Lord Jesus taught,
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matt. 5:9.)
The culmination of Christ’s life was his great act of peacemaking, as Paul reminds us in Colossians 1:19–22:
For God was pleased… through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone
Paul recognises that it won’t be possible to live at peace with everyone. The reality is that we cannot control everything; but we can choose what, or rather who, controls us. In a practical sense, we should be,
…quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19.)
Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6.) We receive his peace as a result of having been “justified through faith” (Rom. 5:1), and then it will infuse every dimension of our being and every aspect of our relationships.
Think of someone with whom you need to make peace. We all have someone like that in our lives. What will you do to attempt to bring peace between you, even if it comes at personal cost to you?