Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness – without it no one will see the Lord. – (Hebrews 12:14, HCSB)
Try to live in peace with everyone. And try to keep your lives free from sin. Anyone whose life is not holy will never see the Lord. – (Hebrews 12:14, ERV)
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, since no one will see God without it. – (Hebrews 12:14, VOICE)
There are times that this seems like a monumental task, yet it is what we are called to do. If we are pursuing peace, we are choosing to love over being right. To pursue holiness, we must pursue He who is holy. It is Christ in us that makes us holy, not anything that we say or do on our own. Our eternal hope is held in the Lord and as we choose Him again and again, we can rest assured that He holds us in His hands. God strengthens and equips us to pursue peace with those around us and to seek His righteousness to keep us on the path that He has prepared for us. May we ever seek the Lord for love, strength and direction as we pursue peace and aspire to live according to His good and perfect will, so that we may rest assured in the promise of heaven forever.
O Lord show us how,
To pursue Your peace;
A love that settles,
Puts others at ease.
Lead us and guide us,
Away from all sin;
Show us Your nearness,
Give strength from within.
For only in You,
Is there holiness;
We’re covered and cleansed,
By Your righteousness.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to pursue peace and to live right through the power of Your great love. Forgive us for every time we fall short. Teach us to ever seek You to be our strength that propels us forward in peace and righteousness. Lead us to love like You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, Lord. Be glorified O God, as we pursue peace with everyone and walk in the wonder of Your great love knowing that our hope is in eternity with You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. – Psalm 119:105