“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14, NKJV)
Let’s face it, some people are hard to get along with. As much as you try, as hard as you try, some people will, as they say, “get on your last nerve.” You know what I’m talking about! People who seem to do everything in their power to get you to “go off!”
Yet, the writer of Hebrews encourages us by saying we should, “Pursue peace . . .” Pursue means we should run after it. Follow after it at all cost. The word pursue carries with it the connotation that peace will not come easy. It is something that we have to work to obtain. Indeed, it takes work and effort to be at peace with some individuals.
1. Is there or has there been anyone in your life that you had to “pursue” peace with because peace did not come easily with them?
2. If so what lengths and depths did you go to to pursue peace with that or those individuals?
3. Sometimes you might think of yourself as weak or foolish for being the “peacemaker” but remember the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers,For they shall be called sons of God.”
We must heed the admonition of the writer of Hebrews and remembering the rest of this verse, “Pursue peace . . . without which no one will see the Lord.” When we work toward and go after peace, it positions us to see the Lord working in other areas of our lives. Do you want to see the blessings of God in your life? Then let us PURSUE PEACE!