If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
We all desire to live in peace with one another. Yet, while it’s easy to talk about peace, actually living it can be much more difficult. Have you heard the old saying, “more people, more problems”? When you add people—to any situation—things get more challenging.
But the fact is, the Bible commands us to live in peace with our fellow believers. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul equates the patience we are to demonstrate with other believers to that of a family unit (1 Thess 2:7 and 1 Thess 2:11). We’re certainly more inclined to demonstrate patience with our children than anyone else, but that’s exactly how we are to treat others.
Throughout the New Testament, Paul urges us to seek peace with others. In Romans 14:19, Paul says, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding”. We find similar statements elsewhere in Romans, again in Ephesians, as well as in Colossians.
Christ paid for our peace with His blood on the cross. This one act of righteousness leads to justification and life to those who place their faith in Jesus, which puts us at peace with God. And peace with God allows us to experience the peace of God, which allows us to experience a piece with one another.
So, accept Christ and His free gift to you. And “search for peace, and work to maintain it (1 Peter 3:11)”. When we learn to put aside our differences and work together in harmony, it’s a testimony to God’s power.
Today’s author: Mark Henderson—Founder of The Inspired Legacy
Mark is a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience in the fields of web design and advertising. He also serves as the chief content officer at The Inspired Legacy, an online ministry dedicated to shining a light on God’s gift of parenthood. The organization aims to inspire and equip fathers to boldly lead their families, love their kids unconditionally, and leave a legacy of grown children that carry on these same traditions. Mark resides in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with his wife, Kimberly. Together, they have three children, two girls, and one boy.