6th December 2012

Seek Peace And Pursue It

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 (NKJV)

Paul has been working through aspects and applications of Christian-living flowing from his systematic theology of Romans chapters one through eleven.  In a real sense he summarises much of what he has been saying in this one principle.

A great principle of the Christian life is to seek to live at peace.  This is declared by the psalmist to be the way to avoid evil in Psalm 34:11-14, “Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.  Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.  Depart from evil and do good.  Seek peace and and pursue it.”  The pursuit of peace will direct us away from evil and the possibility of being overcome by it.

The guidance of our Lord is always to seek peace which will lead us away from foolishness.  Notice again the wisdom of the psalmist, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak, For He will speak peace To His people and to His saints; But let them not turn back to folly.” (Psalm 85:8 NKJV)

The counsel of God is always to seek the way of peace if it is within our power, to not do so is to put ourselves in the way of evil.  Paul encourages us to let peace be the ruler of our hearts, to let it be the umpire of our thoughts, words and actions as we submit all of these to the lordship of Jesus.  Read Colossians 3:15-16, “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts…let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom…”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 exhorts us, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

The great Christian battle is to resist the pride and vanity, the pomposity and arrogance of the self and to humble ourselves in the pursuit of peace and so to overcome evil with good.

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for the guidance of Jesus through the Holy Spirit and his lead to seek the way of peace.  Strengthen me, please, in my endeavours to yield to him more fully and to choose the thoughts, words, and action that will lead to peace.
Amen

Study by David Stirk

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