Read Romans 12:18
Let’s be honest with each other here, shall we? We see that “if” at the beginning of this verse as a loophole. Suddenly we’re all lawyers presenting diatribes about why it simply isn’t possible to live peaceably with thus and so. Not cool guys, not cool at all. Let’s look at this…peaceably (1518) means pacifactory or peaceable; it’s the Greek word ĕirenŏpŏiŏs. The concept then is that we’re to soothe anger and agitation, restore the tranquility of a situation (much like Jesus settled the winds and calmed the storm). We are to be peace bearers, bringers, however you need to see it. Yes, there will be moments in life in which people refuse to be calmed or soothed, that’s the reason the “if” was included. That if is based on the other person’s behavior not your feelings or emotions therein. Know you’ve been given His peace (John 14:27) and therefore that fruit should be readily evident in you (Galatians 5:22). You represent His Kingdom which is righteousness and peace and joy in His Spirit (Romans 14:17) which Paul prayed would fill you (Romans 15:13). There’s no reason you can’t live peaceably with others so don’t try to escape this directive; the world’s got to see something different in us and His peace is definitely foreign to them.
Father, correct us when we lean toward lawyeristic tendencies to rationalize our less than peaceable behavior. Empower us to be more like You to all we come in contact with. In Jesus’ Name we make this request. Amen.