Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. – (Romans 14:19, NIV)
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)
So then, make it your top priority to live a life of peace with harmony in your relationships, eagerly seeking to strengthen and encourage one another. – (Romans 14:19, TPT)
In as much as we can, we ought to be in pursuit of peace with those around us. We are called to strengthen and encourage one another, prioritizing a life of harmony with those whom have been placed in our lives to love. This is not a “peace at any price” sort of scenario, but rather harmony through mutual encouragement and strengthening. Choosing to love in ways that make those around us stronger, rather than participating in that which can lead to dissension, is the sort of peaceful pursuit for which we are aiming. May we make every effort to do the things that lead to peace and mutual edification through His strength within us.
Wherever we can,
May we pursue peace;
Seek strengthen, build up,
Grace provides release.
Release from burdens,
Of judgment and scorn;
Instead, choose to love,
As Christ, the Adored.
Do not choose tear down;
May peace direct us,
Let His love be found.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that through Your loving example, we are called to pursue peace. Thank You that You modeled how to strengthen and build up those around You. Forgive us for the times that we have brought others down. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may rely on You to lead us and show us how to build others up in love all around us in a way that brings peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to honor You through a life of pursued peace. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14