“They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:11
We are all in this together; we have a common goal to bring peace and harmony to the world. Before we can achieve that, some distinctiveness in humans must be respected. The inability to consider these things is responsible for many heartbreaks and discomfited relationships. We can’t expect everyone to be in mutual agreement about all things. Often, we replace the resolution for reconciliation.
Reconciliation gives attention to the relationship, while resolution seeks to solve the problem of every relationship. We cannot re-establish a relationship when we are unable to understand our differences. Of course, we can’t be friends and not agree on every issue, right? Christians often have valid arguments with each other. But if we do disagree, it’s okay. We should never be afraid to disagree. We should always try to find common ground, rather than divide and vanquish each other. We can disagree, but not disagreeable.
Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Our God expects unity in living, not uniformity (that’s why he created us with individual differences), and we can walk together and intimately without seeing issues with the same eye. This is not a call to give up on finding solutions to problems, debating and discussing, but a need to do it in the spirit of harmony. It is wise to talk about issues but in peace and love.
Don’t let anyone tell you that peace is something that happens by default. It doesn’t happen automatically or naturally; you have to take responsible steps to maintain a peaceful environment. When you work for peace, you’re doing what God would do. Peacemakers are God’s children. Be a child of God. Psalm 34:14 says, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
1. May the Lord endows you with the grace of a peacemaker in Jesus’ name.
2. Isaiah 26:3- Oh Lord, keep me in perfect peace as my mind stays in Christ.