Everybody longs for peace. We tend to think of peace as something internal and passive: a gift that God imparts to us simply because we are His people. Then we wonder why we don’t have it in our lives. However, the Bible tells us over and over again that peace is something we must actively seek. It doesn’t come naturally, even to Christians. Consider the following verses:
“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Romans 14:17-19
“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know they breed quarrels.” 2 Timothy 2:22-23
“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no ‘root of bitterness’ springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled …”Hebrews 12:14-15
These verses give us some clues about how to pursue peace. We’re to build others up, do good,avoid becoming embroiled in disagreements, shun bitterness. Serving God and those around us with a spirit of joy will bring us to a place of peace with ourselves and others. Another plus: remember the song I posted yesterday? When we develop peace and other fruit of the spirit, they will flow out of us! The fruit of the spirit is “contagious.” Our peace, joy, gentleness, kindness will actually spread to the people around us!
How have you pursued peace in your Christian walk? We want to hear your stories.