So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another. – (Romans 14:19, HCSB)
So let’s try as hard as we can to do what will bring peace. Let’s do whatever will help each other grow stronger in faith. – (Romans 14:19, ERV)
Join us, and pursue a life that creates peace and builds up our brothers and sisters. – (Romans 14:19, VOICE)
This is such a powerful reminder, as we are meant to encourage and build one another up, no matter how we are feeling. It is not about how we feel, but rather about what we are called to do and who we are created to be. To live out this life with purpose, we must be bearers of peace and people who encourage those around us. Yes, there is a time for correction and redirection, but love must be the center of all we do. If someone who has my trust and has clearly established that they are for me and not against me, I am receptive to what they say if I have said or done something that was not aligned with love. It requires courage and intention to live in relationships like this, but our investments in one another are always worthwhile. May we ever pursue the Lord to lead us in living a life that creates peace and builds up our brothers and sisters.
May we seek pursue,
A life that gives peace;
Build each other up,
As love does increase.
For we have been made,
To love each other;
Encourage, lift up,
Sisters and brothers.
So, let us choose love,
In all that we do;
Be bearers of peace,
Encourage in truth.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to bring peace and encourage each other. Thank You for the people whom You have placed in our lives that do exactly that. Forgive us for the times that we have not brought peace or have not been an encouragement where it was needed. Teach us to rely on You to lead us well. Show us how to bring peace to places where it is absent, and to encourage hearts that need lifting up. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we listen to Your leading so that we can be bearers of peace and encouragement wherever we go. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14