“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”
You and I live in a contentious age fueled by discord and strife. The world promises unity through methods and initiatives, but the Bible says that peace comes when the Prince of Peace rules and reigns within us.
The believer’s pursuit of peace is an inclusive enterprise ̶ all means all ̶ wherever you sit, stand or walk. From a quarrelsome relative to the college professor who can’t stand your Christianity, and everyone in-between, each qualifies. Is it really possible to live quietly alongside people who are at odds with you or who hate your God? Yes, when holiness becomes part of your pursuit.
You may be thinking, “I’m not holy enough,” and I would agree with you. But if, in the midst of difficult circumstances, you yield to Christ and obey His Word, the Holy Spirit will change you from the inside out. It’s this ongoing process of sanctification that slowly but surely produces the “peaceable fruit of righteousness.” (Hebrews 12:11)
At times you will be misunderstood and maligned, but when the heat is turned up, your words will be measured and wise, your tone lacking the harshness so prevalent these days.
You may not be able to persuade the other party, but neither will you be the instigator and, may you, by your conduct, point others to the Source of perfect peace.
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
– Pastor Jack
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