“…Seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:14b)
The Bible has much to say on the subject of pursuing peace:
- Pursue those things which cultivate peace (Romans 14:19)
- Allow peace to be a motivating factor in all we say and do (Colossians 3:15)
- We will not see God if we don’t actively pursue peace (Hebrews 12:14)
- We have been called by God to be agents of peace (1 Corinthians 7:15)
- As long as it is possible to be at peace with others, we must pursue it (Romans 12:18)
- Those of us who seek to live a life of peace will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9)
So, how do we seek and pursue peace. The words seek and pursue are action verbs that imply a diligent and concentrated effort towards obtaining a specific goal. If we are seeking after peace, that means that we are seeking to live in peace with all men, as much as we possibly can. The Bible makes it clear that the responsibility to pursue peace lays upon the believer. If you can make peace, then you must do it.
Many of us fail to realize that the way that conduct ourselves with and towards others is either a good or bad reflection upon God and the Body of Christ. We should not allow the world to determine our willingness to pursue peace with others. If we are at odds with someone, we need to make every effort possible to “get it right” as soon as possible. If we are not at odds with anyone, then we need to “keep the peace” and practice attitudes and behaviors that promote peace. We are to labor hard to obtain and maintain peace.
We live in a world that lacks the peace of God and, more often than not, values strife and confusion instead of peace. Therefore, in whatever place and position we find ourselves in, we must seek and pursue peace: in our schools, places of employment, government, within our neighborhoods, within our church community, etc. We must make any and all attempts to obtain peace… and thus, we will show ourselves to indeed be children of the Most High God.