What are you in pursuit of? To pursue something means that you are chasing after, following, hounding, tracking, trailing it.
If a person is pursing a specific career or entrepreneurship, this would mean they are researching, learning and spending many restless nights to obtain the information needed to have the desired outcome.
If one is pursing a person for marriage, he or she goes above and beyond to prove to that person that he/she is in their best interest.
What are you pursuing? The Bible says this:
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
This tells me that if I have to pursue peace, I will be faced with challenging situations where no peace exists. However, if I am pursuing peace, I am doing all that is necessary to make sure peace is in the situation, even if I do not understand?
How many times has someone had a problem with you and you’re reaction is: “Oh well, that’s their problem. I did nothing.” Are you pursuing peace?
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
I also recognize that if I am a peacemaker, I am demonstrating the characteristics of being a child of my Father. He instilled in me to be a peacemaker and He showed me how.
Are we pursing peace in our lives? Are we chasing after it? Are we doing all that we can to make certain the outcome is peaceable? Here are some thoughts:
Do Your Part.
Don’t get even. Choose the relationship over the reason.
Romans 12:18 NKJV
“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”
Clear up the small stuff before they become huge issues.
Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV
“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
Maintain a peaceful spirit and be salty.
Whether you’re right or wrong in a situation, a peaceful spirit prevents more offense and keeps a situation from worsening.
Mark 9:50 NLT
“Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.”
Seek wisdom from God.
We must get God’s perspective and not rely on our own thinking, which is often covered with our own emotions, to determine our attitude, actions and words.
James 3:17-18 NLT
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”
What can you do today to pursue peace and are you pursuing it?