Psalm 34:14 “Seek peace and pursue it.” (NIV)
It is one thing to read a verse like that and think to yourself, “That’s nice; good advice” but it is a whole other thing to LIVE it to the extent that just about everything near and dear to you depends on it.
The Lord directed me to that verse one day this past week because I not only needed to read but also put into practice. To do it. This was also the reason a dear friend of mine made an incredibly difficult yet vital decision in her life this week.
Pursuing peace….Jesus said following Him can divide families. It does sometimes. It can divide friendships. But, if we are pursuing the peace He brings (not the peace the world offers; Jesus said there was a huge difference there) it will be worth it. You (I) will be OK.
Pursuing peace….I think it is a given that some people are going to completely understand decisions made in that light and others aren’t. You have to accept it and let it go. It doesn’t mean that some will always misunderstand you. They very well may down the road a few months or years.
Pursuing peace can mean many things…
- Letting go or holding on
- Reaching out or reaching in
- Saying yes or saying no
- Saying never again or not for now
- Saying goodbye or saying hello
- Shutting doors or opening them
- Walking a new path or walking down an old familiar one
But it always results in…
- More faith in God
- More trust in God
- Praise to Him and for Him
- The war being over
That last one, the war being over, can and will be profound. It will be felt on all levels; spiritually, emotionally and physically. All will be quiet (ahhhhh) within again. What a relief. Peace. Stillness. Rest. You will literally feel better on all levels.
The peace of God is worth pursuing and fighting for. I guarantee it.