What Can We Do to Seek Peace?
“…seek peace and pursue it.”
Trust God – The Scriptures assure us that those who trust God will have peace.
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Obey God – Peace is a by-product of obedience.
Strive for full restoration, encourage one another,
be of one mind, live in peace.
And the God of love and peace will be with you.
2 CORINTHIANS 13:11
Depend on God – We can’t possibly walk with God – much less obey Him – in our own strength or by our own efforts. Jesus said …
“Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Jesus Himself relied on God during His earthly ministry. If Jesus had to rely on God – how can we do less? Jesus said …
“I do nothing on my own”
Learn About God – As we spend time in the Scriptures we learn more about God and His character. That knowledge not only helps us better understand God, it will produce peace.
Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
Walk in Godly Wisdom – God wants us to walk in His wisdom. He instructs us to ask Him for wisdom and promises to give it to us when we do.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.
JAMES 1:5 (NLT)
Peace is a result of walking in Godly wisdom.
Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
Make Peace a Priority – God wants us to pursue peace in all our relationships with others. When peace is our goal we are less likely to do things that cause dissension and disrupt our peace.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Hand Our Concerns to God – Presenting our concerns to God is a prerequisite to receiving His Peace.
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Abide with God – When we consciously decide moment by moment to invite God into our thoughts – when look expectantly for His presence regardless of our circumstances – when we talk to Him heart to heart throughout the day – when we trust He is with us even when we don’t feel His presence – we are “abiding” with God. Jesus promised to give His peace when we abide in Him. Jesus said …
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.”
On the journey with you,
Dave & Jan Dravecky