How to Pursue Peace

by Kari Scare



                               

In the post “Pursuing Peace” we talked about how the peace of God within us requires that we take action. We also discussed that true peace from God is not just a state of mind or a demeanor, but it is also an example we live out that will draw others to Him. So, that being the case…

How can we pursue peace? What actions can we take in our everyday lives in pursuit of peace?

Peace 1

1. Do your part. This means not getting even, controlling anger and not reacting. It also means choosing relationship over being right.

Peace 2

2. Keep short accounts. Clear up offenses right away. Get at the small things before they pile up and create something huge.

Peace 3

3. Work hard. Pursuing peace is hard work because living at peace is not every person’s goal. Some people, each one of us at times if we’re honest, often choose being right over pursuing peace in relationship

Peace 4

4. Focus on God’s peace, not the world’s peace. The world’s peace relies on people, money & things, but God’s peace relies on Jesus. Realizing this, is the world’s peace even possible?

Peace 5

5. Be salty. Salt preserves, and so does peace. Likewise, we preserve the Gospel truth and what Jesus came to do as we pursue peace.

Peace 6

6. Be a counselor of peace. Counselors plan, organize & keep order, tasks required of each one of us when we choose to make pursuing peace a priority.

Peace 7

7. Maintain a peaceful spirit. Whether you’re right or wrong in a situation, a peaceful spirit prevents more offense and keeps a situation from worsening.

Peace 8

8. Seek wisdom from God. Obtaining peace only happens when we focus on living by His Word. We must get God’s perspective and not rely on our own thinking, often fueled by our emotions, to determine our attitude, actions and words.

DISCUSSION: What can you do today to pursue peace?

Email Author    |    Website About Kari Scare

My name is Kari Scare, and I am a freelance writer from Three Rivers, Michigan. I am married to Rex, and we have two boys (Jonathan & Richard). I enjoy reading books, magazines and blogs, pursuing a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet, spending time with my family & friends, and of course writing. While these interests play a large part in defining who I am, they are guided and directed by my faith in Christ. Everything I do revolves around His will for my life.

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1 lisha epperson August 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Thank you for this offering Kari. Important words…for such a time as this. I’ll meditate on this tonight. Blessings.

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2 Kari Scare August 13, 2014 at 6:22 am

I’m glad you found them helpful, Lisha.

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