I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
The context of this verse is the psalmist crying to God in distress because he is at war with an individual who has deceived him. Psalm 120 is all about division between two human beings, but the psalmist concludes by making the statement that he is not the source of the division: “I am for peace.”
This highlights an important practical teaching of the Bible—we are to strive to be at peace with other human beings. This is a result of living a life guided by the second great commandment, which is to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). The more we show love—outgoing concern expressed through kindness and acts of service to others—the less we will be in constant tension and conflict with other people.
When we are in conflict with other people, we should strive to make sure we are not the cause—we are to be “for peace.” This important principle of human relations is found in Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as much depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
It should be one of our life goals to live a life that leads to peace. Jesus Christ taught that living this way will bring blessings and happiness (Matthew 5:9)! Tomorrow’s Daily Bible Verse blog will give a practical principle on how to maintain peace in our relationships.
To learn more about the biblical principles that lead to peace with other people, read the articles in our “Relationships” section.
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Do Not Recompense Evil.”