“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all people.”
Romans 12: 18
Meditate or Reflect
When we are at peace then we are at ease, unharmed, and in a state of harmony. It is like feeling shalom in a gentle breeze and all through our very breath. As Christ followers our pursuit in relationships should be to live in harmony and at ease with others – as much as it depends on you, be at peace with all people. Our character that comes from the depths of our soul should strive for peace. However, not every person is a person of peace. “So far as it depends on you” means you can only manage what you are putting into a relationship. We are called to be people of peace, but when other people are not bringing peace into a relationship, we need to take a pause and evaluate our options: having a hard conversation, creating a little distance, or even ending a relationship. Take a breath and think of areas in your life where you are at peace or in conflict. Are there any conversations you need to have to cultivate peace? Reflect on the ways God has given you peace – wholeness, harmony, lacking nothing and no fear of being troubled.