by Paula Harrington
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”(1 Peter 3:8-13 NIV).
In the very near future, peace is going to become a very popular topic. Signs, songs, and attitudes will declare peace on earth and goodwill toward men then the New Year will arrive, and for a few, life will, sadly, return to normal.
Around the world, peace is fervently desired but rarely is it pursued. Pursuing it takes action. It takes a willingness to go against the crowd and be like Jesus.
Seeking peace is easy. Practicing it means loving those that aren’t like us. Those who don’t believe the same way we do, live the same way we do, or look the same way we do.
Being a peacemaker isn’t bowing to situation ethics. It’s doing the right thing all the time even when no one is looking. It’s reaching out to the addict, forgiving the imprisoned, and loving the unlovable. It’s time consuming, heart wrenching, and demanding. It’s swallowing our pride, taking the first step, or making that phone call.
Sometimes it’s even giving in, giving up, and letting go.
It’s what Jesus did, would do, and can do. It’s having mercy on those who have sinned against us even when we don’t want to and they don’t care if we do or not.
It’s knowing the Word well enough to teach it and living it before we preach it. It’s turning our back on the world and our heart to God. It’s not in style and it’s not something we will always feel like doing.
And it’s definitely not something that should be scheduled for only a few weeks out of the year.
Scripture tells us that peace with all people may not be possible (Romans 12:18). However, peace with God is and what an encouragement for this hectic life.
It’s time to get proactive in our peace seeking. Seeking is simple, pursuing is the challenge and we should always be up for a challenge. Have a great week and remember, don’t just talk about peace. Make it happen.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).