Seek peace and pursue it.
~Psalm 34:14, quoted in 1 Peter 3:11
Men in uniform are often charged with keeping the peace, and while that is a needful thing, it isn’t necessarily a gentle one. Several guns have been dubbed ‘the Peacekeeper’ over the years, and it’s fairly obvious what kind of peace they keep—a forced peace. It’s an outward show of peace, enough to keep society running reasonably smoothly, but probably not a deep heartfelt peace. It is a matter of keeping the surface calm without much regard for what lies underneath.
Making peace is a step up the ladder of gentleness, being a conscious effort to bring minds together. Matthew 5:9 records Jesus as saying, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” But there is one effort at peace that goes even further: Seek peace.
Seek peace and pursue it! Don’t hide in some comfortable little nook, trying to avoid all conflict, but do your best wherever you are to find peace. Seek the LORD and find that deep and abiding peace that passes all understanding. Let it overflow from your life to those around you.
Peace keeper, peace maker, peace seeker…which do I want to be?