Is peace only a noun? Is it only an idea or concept that needs to be studied and applied to life? Could peace not also be an adverb? Could peace be a way to live and behave? I say, yes!
Paul in Romans 12:18 offers, “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” This verse really gives the impression of effort or going against what feels natural or fighting against our default behavior. Verse seventeen gives some prior directives, “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” If I don’t seek retaliation, if I display honesty in all situations, then living life peaceably will simply be one more step, like living a life motto.
Scripture often will use adverbs to describe “how” something is to be accomplished. As a grammar teacher, I love to pay attention to these “-ly” words, focusing on how they are asking me to do a thing. Jesus wants us to live life abundantly. And here Paul is asking us to live peaceably. How we live truly is important.
So, can I make peace a way to live? Can I live peaceably? Can I apply peace-giving wisdom to my decisions and relationships? I say, yes! Anything Scripture asks me to do, I can accomplish through the power and fruit of the Spirit.