Romans 12

Romans 12:18

If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

Christianity has an unfortunate association with the image of the bloodied crusader and the bible-thumping preacher, but the true sons of God are peacemakers (Matt. 5:9). Our aim is to live at peace with everyone. When that’s not possible, it may be time to move on, change the subject, change the conversation, perhaps even change towns (see Matt. 10:14).

Further reading: “How to live at peace in a hostile world

Romans 12:19

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.

When we are unjustly treated the temptation is to take matters into our own hands and settle accounts. But when James and John tried to play the judge and jury, Jesus wasn’t happy with them (Luke 9:54). “That’s not my spirit,” he said. Paul says the same thing here. We are not in the vengeance business. That’s God’s business. Our part is to represent Christ by loving our enemies (Rom. 12:20).

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