Prioritize Peace

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, Embracing Grace

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.

Encourage others,

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

Coming Clean Creates Community

“Therefore confess your sins to each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16

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“Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.  The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” (The Message)

When we hold one another accountable, we tend to be more in tune with God.  Hidden sin, guilt and condemnation, all create barriers that come between our hearts and His.  As we confess and contend for one another in prayer, our walls crumble and we become aware of the ever closeness of Christ.  When we are right before Him, covered and cleansed by the cross Christ bore on our behalf, we are better equipped to come before our Creator and contend for that which we are being called.  He hears and answers prayers that are prayed with a sincere heart and pure motives.

Again, this seems to be a clear reminder that we are called to be in community.  He created us to be companions to one another and to come close to Him, so that right relationship could again be restored.  Jesus made plain the path to pursue our Provider.  As we draw near to Him and encourage one another, His power within us is made evident as He heals hearts and transforms communities.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You know our need and provide people to partner with in prayer.  Thank You that Your presence is promised where two or more gather together in Your Name. (Matthew 18:20)  Forgive us for the times we forego accountability and attempt to do it all alone.  Thank You that You are gracious and merciful as You are faithful to meet us in our moments and guide us back to You.  Teach us to trust You more, and provide people to walk beside us as we fix our eyes on You.  May our mutual encouragement and confession to one another keep our hearts right before You so that we may be used mightily to touch lives and transform communities, placing You alone in the center.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present