Romans 12:18

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Romans 12:18

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 | NIV | Other Versions | Context


In the book of Romans, we see the first book of Paul’s and perhaps the first that’s so rich in theology. It was a time of cultural awkwardness inside and outside the walls of the church – Claudius had exiled all Jews from Rome due to rioting by a man named Christus (or Chrestus) – this incident was likely referred to in Acts 18:2because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. The Roman Church had in that time become a purely Gentile Church, free from the Jewish traditions. But upon the death of Claudius about 5 years later, many Jews had returned to the city.  The sudden influx of Jews in the city also saw the Jewish Christians entering the Roman church, leading to a standoff and confusion between the two. The book of Romans thus served to clarify, correct, and also encourage.

If you read this blog regularly enough, you’ll know that Romans is my favourite book, andRomans 12 is my favourite chapter. It is one chapter that I recite daily almost like a personal manifesto. Romans 12:9 [Article] onwards is a lesser-known passage on love, and how we should interact with others – often overshadowed by the gentler passage on Love in 1 Cor 13, but I like the directness here. It gives practical and straightforward examples on how to act, what to do. In this study, we will examine the tall order tasked us in the command of verse 18, and translate it into practical application for our daily lives.


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