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Week #25 Hebrews 12: 14-15

 Hebrews 12:14-15Hebrews 12:14-15
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14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord, 15 looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby the many be defiled;

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“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.  See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

 

We live in a world searching and longing for peace.  How often does your own heart cry out for peace and ask “why can’t we all just get along?”  It is an age old question.  The answer to the why is we  are all selfish at the core of our being.  This selfish nature guides each individuals personal definition of the requirements for peace according to their view point.  It makes it difficult for continual peaceful interactions in our world.  I am very thankful that the Lord only asks us to “make every effort”  for peace with our neighbors.  Personally, just making the effort has it’s challenges.  Would you agree?

What exactly is making every effort?  Is it just saying sorry when we offend or is there more required of us– the barriers of God’s eternal peace and grace?  I believe it is more because Peter includes that we are to live in peace and be holy.  The call to be holy as related to living in peace with everyone suggests saying sorry would be only a small part of living in peace with others.  In 1 Peter 1:13-161 Peter 1:13-16
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13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, Literally, “gird up the waist of your mind” be sober and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ— 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, 15 but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”

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, Peter addresses our call to be holy.  To be holy is to live as Christ who overcame selfish desires born out of pride to live sinlessly for our freedom from sins deadly power and to welcome us into his eternal heavenly family.   To be holy requires the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that we discussed in Week 4 Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
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2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.

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. “Our weekly scripture memorization is an important part of transforming our thoughts and conforming our behavior to those that please the Lord.”

So when you face life’s circumstances that challenge your ability to “make every effort to live at peace with everyone”  remember you are being transformed into the image of Christ who was, is, and forever will be holy through His divine power.  Our job is to stay focused on Him and powered up through our relationship with God.   It isn’t easy to continually make efforts for peace in our own strength.  I truly believe the challenges we face are all part of our transformation process.  Without the challenges we wouldn’t experience the divine power at work in our lives.

 Our efforts for peace are part of the harvest.  When we sow seeds of peace we harvest relationships that are ready to receive seeds of God’s grace and truth.   Where peace and grace are abundant bitterness is unable to take root in hearts and relationships.

One day we all will get along, but until then let’s make every effort for peace in our corner of the world.

Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always

Warrior~Princess Sherry

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Proverbs 4:23Proverbs 4:23
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23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it is the wellspring of life.

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“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

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