“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” – Hebrews 12:14
As ambassadors of Christ, we are to actively seek and pursue peace with all men and women.
While our culture may seek to redefine terms, the biblical peace we are to pursue is defined by the Gospel. It is a peace with others that comes out of the peace God’s love has brought each of us; a peace that transcends demographics, backgrounds, and calls us to love our enemies.
It is the peace that is found in relationship with our Creator and when we obey the laws He has laid out for our good. It is a peace that comes from knowing that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it… it is a process of sanctification in which we become more like Christ and reflect the Truth that He came to testify to.
Culture may wrongly try to tell us that politics and religion are taboo, or that living at peace with others means to never contradict or disagree with someone. But the mere absence of conflict is not true peace. True peace is being in relationship, where love and Truth govern our interactions.
We best represent Christ when we are motivated by the love of the Gospel, communicate with God’s grace, and live out the Truth we share with others.
We can even do this in the political and public policy arena, as we faithfully seek the wellbeing of our neighbors and communities by advocating for God-honoring policy.
LET US PRAY . . .
Father, thank You for loving us and bringing peace to our relationship with You. When Your Son came to Earth, He exemplified this perfectly by loving radically and testifying to the Truth. Please help us to become more like You and to do the same. May we seek peace with all and seek the wellbeing of our neighbors. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.