Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Seek ... and Pursue Peace (Psalm 36:14)

Today’s scripture: Psalm 34:14

When we give our lives to Jesus and ask Him to forgive us of our sins, we are clean in the eyes of the Father. Jesus is the bridge that spans sin and brings us back to God’s arms.

But just because we’re forgiven and we have confidence that we’ll spend eternity with Jesus in heaven, we still have to be diligent here on earth.

We know we’re in a war with the enemy (Ephesians 6:12), and this world offers temptations that sometimes entice us to do evil. We must stand firm and turn away from those temptations. We must recognize where we’re weak and literally walk away from those things that might bring us down.

Then we need to seek peace, really seek it. The Bible says we’re to pursue it, chase after it. We shouldn’t wait for it to fall into our laps; rather, as we “do good,” we should be pursuing those things that are holy and righteous. We should practice the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), which includes, by the way, peace.

Do you find yourself sometimes looking at something that you know you shouldn’t? Do you allow yourself to get caught up in those things that you know will pull you down? Commit to God now that you will “depart from evil,” from those things you know attack your weaknesses.

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