Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
When I read this verse I think of the many wonderful things the Bible has to say about peace, and peacemakers. I think of Jesus – He is the Prince of Peace. In the midst of turbulence and strife we can be filled with peace because we have learned to trust in Him. In Isaiah 26: 3 it says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
Have you noticed that we can share the peace we have with others? It’s like the widow’s pot of oil in the Old Testament – there is a never ending supply. We must understand the powerful impact God wants us to have in the lives of those around us, particularly when they are upset and stressed out. The words we speak, and the manner in which the Spirit leads us to do it can have such a redemptive impact.
In Proverbs 25:11 it says, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Our faith and trust in the Lord make us immune to their lack of peace – their nervousness and anxiety. In fact our destiny is to be peacemakers. Remember in the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matt 5:9)
The more we walk in God’s ways – meaning bringing our lives into conformity with His word – the more we love Him. The more we love Him, the greater the blessing we will be to all around us. When we are faithful to Him, we won’t rise to provocation or insist on having our way. We acknowledge when we are wrong and others are right. We apologize and ask for forgiveness.
We are other oriented. Instead of contributing to the anxiety and unrest, making bad situations worse, He will use us to defuse the unrest and turn the situations in a redemptive direction. He will use our righteous responses (meaning doing things His way) to positively impact the situations we find ourselves in.
The themes our lives are to involve love, faithfulness, righteousness and peace. These qualities are so evident in the verses of Romans 12:9-21 that we have been looking at. It’s like peace is the fruit or guest that comes when the other three are present. Psalm 85:10 presents such a beautiful picture of what God does in us when we love Him: “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”