Pursue peace

My husband sent me this.

He knows my love of flowers.

And I know his love of this type of tree.

So, the picture was special to us both.

As much as we love each other, there’s always more to learn, more to polish.

Over the past week, the Lord has been using my husband to polish up a place in my heart which was dim.

The cloudiness of my inward sight was brought to my notice by the Lord’s light.

Something similar to a window covered in smudges and fingerprints which really goes unnoticed until the sun shines through it.

That’s what happened in my heart.

I know you might not believe me, but my husband does have a few little things which I find annoying.

Late last week I was grumbling to the Lord about one of those.

You’re complaining.

-sigh-

“Yes, Lord, I am. Please forgive me. I know You don’t want that. Help me, please.”

Pursue peace with all people.

God was bringing scripture to my remembrance.

Those words stood out to me: pursue peace.

“How do I do that in this case?”

How would you do it if it were a stranger?

“I’d simply serve them and love them anyway.”

I knew what God was showing me.

At some point in my past I’d believed a lie.

In this case it was couched in judgement: If he truly cared, he would do this small service instead of expecting me to do it.

Ouch!

Where did that ugly smear upon my heart come from?!

I didn’t have to look far.

I knew it was from the enemy and my selfish flesh, which doesn’t like to do that tiny service, found it so convenient.

Praise God for His mercy and forgiveness!

As I spent time with the Lord, my heart kept turning over the pursue peace with all people.

Do I choose to always work at building peace in every relationship?

Why had I always thought that verse applied only to the people not in my family?

Pursuing is not a half-hearted sometimes thing.

How far does this go?

How far did I go?

“All the way to the Cross.”

“Jesus, I have a long way to go. Please help me.”

I started by looking up the verse.

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV — Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

Then I began looking for opportunities to serve, not just my husband, but everyone in my family.

I may not get this right straight off and I’m certain it’s not going to be easy.

Yet, I’m so thankful to the Lord for cleaning off the smear.

Thankful for His polish, which is helping me to reflect Him even more.

I’m thankful for my husband and his imperfections.

Because through them, God is showing me mine.

4 thoughts on “Pursue peace

  1. RJ Dawson

    Thanks Hope. There is so much truth and wisdom here. We must strive. A day at a time. The Lord is patient with us, for which I am eternally thankful. Blessings to you.

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    1. hope Post author

      God’s Word is truth, applied to our hearts and lives it is where we find clarity, purpose, and a clearer view of everything, especially ourselves. I too am so thankful for God’s forgiveness and mercy. May all the glory be to Him. Thank you for your time and encouraging comment!

      Reply
  2. Jacquie A. Bradford

    Hope, this is a great word! This is definitely a time of purification (if we will participate). I appreciate your analogy of the smudged window. For me, the Lord is working regarding my thoughts as well. It’s not good enough to just Not say something, for if I think it, it’s still sin. I am grateful as well that He loves us enough to “clean house.” Blessings to you and your husband ♥

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    1. hope Post author

      Thank you for your comment and your encouragement. The analogy was directly from the Lord. Taking captive my thoughts isn’t easy, but my life is so much better when I do. I praise God He is working in our hearts and lives. God bless you!

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