Peace if possible

“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him.” (Proverbs 16:7) This is a great Promise. In the world, there would always be conflicts and broken relationships. It is evident in families, communities, and nations. However, God’s promise is true. The challenge is to please the Lord. When believers do the Will of God, they please the Lord. (Romans 12:2) Paul gives more practical advice: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18)
1) Not a possible situation? When Paul uses the phrase ‘if possible,’ it means there will be situations that are not possible to surmount. Situations include people as well as other factors that could be complex. Some people are very stubborn, ego-centric, and adamant. A believer should strive to redeem any situation to bring glory to God. However, they should be able to discern if their labor would be rewarded.
2) Limitation: Paul uses the phrase: ‘so far,’ which means, there are limitations. Some people may have greater capacity and stamina, while others may not. Perseverance varies with people, according to their ability and maturity. It is good to use all resources, and influences to bring peace in the given situation. If necessary, it is good to invite someone who could bring changes in the attitude of all concerned.
3) Depends: The good intention and action of a believer could be successful only when the response is positive. Others may not have the same belief or maturity. Nevertheless, a believer is expected to give the best, try as much as possible, exhibit humility, wait with optimism, and should not give up hope.
4) Live peaceably: The goal is to live a peaceful life. God has called us for peace. (I Corinthians 7:15) Hence, pursuing peace is good, but not at the cost of losing the Freedom in Christ or forsaking the Will of God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called as sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Do I strive to be at peace within myself and others?