“So then, let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.”
In today’s world, it’s all about “self”. Self-righteousness, selfish ambitions, self-centeredness, self-proclamation. It’s all about the ladder, it’s all about the money, it’s all about OUR life and how WE can make it better.
Our world is crumbling because of self-centered, prideful people calling the shots. Looking for the easy way out, the cheaper route, and supporting the blame game.
If we look at the news, if we look around us, we can see the edges beginning to crumble. We were not meant to do things alone, and we were not meant to live this life for self-glorification and wealth.
In my own battle to gain control of my selfishness and judging nature lately, I prayed and opened my bible randomly to allow it to fall on Romans. Chapters 14 & 15 looked back at me, then spoke clearly to my searching soul:
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore, let us no longer judge one another.” Romans 14:12-13
The sooner we realize that we are not accountable for every person in our lives that may wrong us, hurt us, or leave us broken – the sooner we can give that accountability to God, freeing ourselves and allowing room for Peace.
“Let us pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.” Romans 14:19
Showing grace, showing love, being there for someone during a difficult time – promotes peace. Let us begin to build each other up, to help those in need. Not only will we begin to see peace in our lives, but also in our communities, and cities.
“Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another according to Christ Jesus…” Romans 15:5
All of this is easier said than done, right!? That is why we are to pray for endurance and encouragement from our Father. To allow him to intercede and plant the seeds for peace and harmony on earth.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
And lastly, in all things I pray that God fills us with joy and peace. That we will overflow with hope for our future.
We were made for a higher purpose. We were made to live, breath, and commune with the almighty Creator of the universe. We were crafted from the dusts of the earth to be sons and daughters to a King. To praise his name, to hold his hand and walk with him, and to tell him all of our heartaches and blessings.
In these times of trials, heartache, and destruction – may we seek the one who can heal, who can comfort, and who can strengthen us when we need it most. Who can bring ultimate peace.