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)
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification. – (Romans 14:19. NIV)
This is important in every aspect of our lives, and we all are an ongoing work in progress. It requires an intentional decision to seek and depend on God to lead us to do and say things that promote peace and build others up. As we do, there is opportunity for faith to be fortified. To do this requires a never-ending cycle of seeking God, listening to Him, and a willingness to be corrected and redirected. Right now, my husband and I are on vacation. We are two very different types of people; though this is good, as it creates balance for both of us, it is an ongoing work to recognize one another’s needs and desires. For me, when I go somewhere new, I want to see and experience everything humanly possible in the short time we are provided. My husband, bless his heart, wants to slow down and simply relax. He is a champion at being willing to go out and explore, and I am learning to slow down and accept the need to rest. It is an ongoing battle, as I don’t want to miss out, yet know that if I just remain present in the moment, there will be peace and both of us will be built up. God is good, and He shows us what we ought to do to promote peace and build one another up. It is our task to listen and follow His lead. May we ever seek the Lord to show us how to best promote peace and build up those around us.
We’re called to pursue,
That which promotes peace;
As grace does increase.
Each time that we choose,
To bless each other;
Both are encouraged,
Sisters and brothers.
Lead us, Lord Jesus,
To love, promote peace;
Build each other up,
As Your love’s increased.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us so much that You call us and show us how to promote peace and build each other up in Your love. Forgive us for the times that we have either not listened to You or have only sought after our own selfish ambitions. Teach us to be a blessing as we make decisions that promote peace and encourage those around us. Show us how to love and make choices as You would. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us in promoting peace and building those around us up in the goodness of Your love. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11