Pursue Peace with Men!

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

It would be nice to say that all I have accomplished is because of Jesus. It would be nice to say I accomplished something because it was just me and Jesus. Let me explain why these statements are untrue. There are divine connections to help us and provide support for us to accomplish every task in our Kingdom Building assignments. As Christ is the Head, we are His Body and many members thereof. The Body works together, therefore we are to strengthen and make each other better. The Word tells us that iron sharpens iron as one man sharpens the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17).

Some translations of this passage instructs us to “pursue peace with all men”. In simplicity, to pursue means to chase or to follow persistently. To have the God-kind of peace means there is nothing missing, broken or lacking. Therefore, I have no choice but to position myself to allow nothing to separate me or come between my love walk with all men. We have to remember to make sure we allow others to be important in our lives.

When we look at the second part we see that pursuing peace is essential for holy living and holiness is having the same attitude or position as the Holy One. God loves us and it is His will that none perish, but all shall come to repentance. Repentance turns us back to the Word and will of God for the Kingdom. We have to renew our minds to the Word of God shifting our focus from ourselves to others. The Kingdom of God is beneficial for all men.

In verse 2 of Hebrews it says, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. It may seem hard to pursue a relationship with someone who has an ought against you, but make every effort to walk in love with that person ensuring that you have done all you God has commanded. This is how we live successfully in the earth and how we are also seated with Jesus in Heavenly places.

Joi Hayward

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