If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18
Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and as His people we are called to peace (1 Cor. 7:15). We are to plan for peace (Prov. 12:20). We are to seek peace and pursue it (1 Pet. 3:11). We are to strive for peace (Heb. 12:14). We are to guard peace (Eph. 4:3). We are to pray for peace “for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Tim. 2:2).
The words “if possible” clearly recognize that there will be some situations in life where peace is not possible, times when you have done everything that you reasonably could and you are faced with a conflict that you simply cannot resolve.
King David faced this in his own family when his son Absalom rebelled against him. It broke David’s heart (see Psa. 55). David wanted peace with his son but Absalom had no interest in reconciliation.
The Bible is God’s Word for real life in this fallen world. It is not a book of ideals. God speaks to our life in this world as it is, a world in which we see the face of evil in hatred, violence, injustice, and abuse. We are called to live peaceably with all people, but how are you to live peaceably with someone who wants to kill you or destroy you?
Are you in a conflict that you simply cannot resolve? Have you done everything that you could reasonably do to try and resolve it? If so, can you accept that peace may simply not be possible right now?