The Personal Pursuit of Peace
Today’s Bible reading is Exodus 37 and Romans 14.
Romans 14:19 provides a worthy goal for the day.
So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
“Let us pursue.” These blessings aren’t going to fall into our laps. We won’t attain them by accident. If I’m going to be this sort of person today, it will require deliberate, focused effort on my part.
“What makes for peace.” As a Christian, the will of my King is clear: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Rom 12:18). Sons and daughters of God are to be peacemakers (Matt 5:9), not peace-disrupters or destroyers. Which means, we’re focused on…
“Mutual upbuilding.” In face-to-face conversations, social media interactions, marriage, expressions of concern, disagreements, and more–if possible, so far as it depends on us, we live peaceably with all. This demands humble forethought and honest self-evaluation:
- Will I be Christlike in this conversation?
- Why am I making this online post or comment?
- Will what I’m about to say make for peace?
- What difference can I make in the upbuilding of this person who is hurting?
This world needs no help filling today with sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, and envy. As disciples of Jesus, we’re to be different–salt in a culture of decay, light in the midst of darkness. We’re being transformed by the renewal of our minds–presented to our Lord as living sacrifices–all of which leads to this summary realization:
None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. (Rom 14:7-9)
We are the Lord’s. So then…
Let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.