If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – (Romans 12:18, NIV)
Do the best you can to live in peace with everyone. – (Romans 12:18, ERV)
If possible, to the best of your ability, live at peace with all people. – (Romans 12:18, CEB)
If it is within your power, make peace with all people. – (Romans 12:18, VOICE)
In two very different and distinct arenas within my world, there are amazing people who feel at odds with one another. Sadly, the thing that seems to disrupt the peace between people is not a lack of desire for the same outcome, but rather a misperception of one another’s intention of how to work toward and achieve the end goal. When we slow down and listen with the intent of seeking to understand, peace prevails and progress toward the desired outcome actually occurs. When our intention is to be at peace with the people around us, that is the very attitude that abounds. We reap what we sow and harvest what we grow. May we be sowers and growers of peace.
We’re called to our best,
To live life in peace;
As grace grants release.
So often unrest,
Is need to listen;
Where seeking to know,
Will make peace happen.
We shall one day reap,
The peace that we sow;
And likewise harvest,
The good that we grow.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the God of all peace. Thank You that as we seek Your strength and understanding, You grant us what we need to bring peace to the places in which we dwell. Forgive us for expecting peace to be present without our persistence. Teach us to trust You more so that we would depend on You to be the Provider of peace in all things. Show us how to love those around us well, so that we may be at peace with everyone. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we depend on You to supply the strength we need to be at peace with all people. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9