“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Romans 12:18 NLT
We can split this Apostle Paul’s advice in three parts:
- “Do all that you can”. This means that we will be guided not by the law of least effort; our only limitation is what is no longer possible. We are not told: “Try” to do, we received an order to “do”; do “everything” doesn’t mean give up at the first attempt, this also means that the initiative must always be ours.
- “Live in peace”. How do people know us? As peacemakers or troublemaker? To live in peace, we must avoid conflict, misunderstandings, a peacemaker always seek to resolve conflicts in a “win-win” way. Jesus said that peacemakers would be called children of God, then, Who is the father of the troublemakers?
- “With everyone”. One problem with the word “everyone” is that it leaves no room for exceptions; it is easy to seek peace with those who treat us well, or with whom we like; but what about those who have done us something wrong? Or people who do not accept our peace despite our efforts? “Everyone” are those with whom we interact, without exception.
Then we can say that be peacemakers, is a behavior that characterizes the way we relate to all people, without distinction, and that we will be recognized as peacekeepers by the way we talk, act and think.
© David García Licona – February 2014