'Search for peace, and work to maintain it.' Psalm 34:14 NLT
The apostle Paul writes up a list of things the world does that children of God aren't made for. And it's easy to agree with him, right until the end: 'idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions' (Galatians 5:20 ESV). Divisions. Staying distant from people, shunning them for what they've done or who they are. It's up there with being involved in pagan worship and wizardry, according to Paul. And yet, uncomfortably, it's a sin we slip into without realising.
But the Bible says, instead, we're to 'seek, inquire for... crave peace and pursue (go after)' peace (Psalm 34:14 AMP). People of God should actively work to make peace happen. We're should be fired up by the idea of peace. And when it isn't there, we should grieve its absence.
What does peace look like for you? Maybe peace has to start in your own life: figure out what's stealing your own sense of peace, and run from that peacelessness into the arms of your Father in Heaven (see Isaiah 26:3). Maybe it's in your circles of family and friends: you've worked up a long-standing rivalry or you've shunned someone because of their dodgy social media posts. You may need to build some bridges. Or maybe it's in your community: prejudices, elitism or power-hoarding have kept people apart. Whatever peace you pursue, know that it's something that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, values very highly.
So what now? Carry peace in your heart towards everyone you meet today, even those who are more difficult.
Soulfood: Deut 32:29-34:12 Mk 9:1-13 Ps 62 Pro 12:18-19,