Can’t we all just get along?
Have you ever heard that question before? What’s the answer? It’s always “yes and no”. See, living in peace is one of the toughest things that we could do. There’s two kinds of peace. There’s internal peace and external peace.
Internal peace with God is not the absence of trouble, but it’s the presence of Jesus. Right?
And external peace with other people isn’t always the absence of conflict. It’s just the presence of “commitment”. See the truth is we’re not going to always feel like loving the people around us, but we must commit to making peace in order to become more like Jesus. This is how we become peacemakers.
We have to be committed to it.
The verse of the day today is Hebrews 12:14. It says “make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be Holy without holiness, no one will see the Lord.” And the verse right after that goes on to say, “see to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble.”
If we’re not committed to living in peace with others, it’s going to always lead to bitterness. It starts with disappointment. It grows into resentment, which ultimately becomes bitterness. And eventually it’s a trajectory toward un-forgiveness. Which is really the opposite of God’s character.
On the flip side, holiness and peace, they go hand in hand, right? A right relationship with God. It always leads to right relationships with others and those around us. So we have really no control over what happens in our life, but we have complete control over how we respond, and this is how we can be best prepared to live in peace with other people. We can control how we respond, being committed to being a peacemaker.
Question of the day: what action steps can you take today to be a carrier of peace when problems arise?