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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.

Peace-maker

Picture by N.K.

“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18

Those who make peace.

What exactly does that look like?

Sometimes it’s easier to understand what something isn’t.

Those who make peace are not users.

They do not benefit themselves at the cost of another.

Those who make peace are not rash or hot tempered, spewing forth anger and rage at others.

They take their emotions to God.

Those who make peace are not loud and demanding.

Instead, they listen.

They don’t seek their own, but other’s good first.

Those who make peace are not foolish.

Instead they are thoughtful, kind, polite, considerate.

They are servants, people who choose to be a benefit to others.

No wonder this verse says they sow righteousness.

A true person of peace is created by the practice of daily surrendering to the Prince of Peace.

Look at the disciples.

Before Jesus’s death and resurrection they have little understanding.

Sadly, they even argue over who is the greatest among them. (Luke 9:46, 22:24)

Things are completely different after Pentecost.

Acts 4:33 NKJV — And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

Acts 5:41 NKJV — So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.

Truly, these men became those who make peace.

For only true peace can be found in Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1 KJV — Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for teaching me about peace and those who make peace. Lord, I want to be one. Please continue to daily create in me the qualities of a peace maker, a child of God. Thank You.