Romans 12:18 – If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
I have heard people use this verse as justification for not being at peace with all men. Ironic, I know. I don’t think that this verse is telling us that we should try to be at peace, but when you just can’t take it anymore, let there be conflict.
I think that as Christians, we should work hard to have peace with each other, our neighbors and even those who are our enemies. Let conflict exist and strife continue only on account of the other party – but never because of us. I think that’s what Paul is saying here – as much as it depends on us, lets be at peace with all men – but if that peace doesn’t come – may it not be because we did not do everything we could to work towards it.
We should be people marked by peace, kindness, gentleness and humility. May we not give the world a reason to point towards our lives or the church as an excuse to not be a part of it because of our lack of love, peace or unwillingness to reconcile.