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May 19, 2020

Pacesetter for Producing Peace

“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled…” (Hebrews 12:14-15)

Peace does not come naturally. I have been watching closely and it is embarrassing how quickly I can feel bitter towards someone. Someone can ride my bumper…Bam! I get bitter in a nano-second. Someone can do something to hurt a family member… Bam! They are quickly on my bitter bus. Someone might do something that is dishonoring to me… Bam! I have done it again.

Of course, that is not what I want, but it quickly and naturally happens. What I have observed is that my lack of showing grace in those moments produces not a peace, but a bitterness. I think many of us are that way. But, what would change if we were the ones to pursue a peace that was not dependent upon what others did? These verses in Hebrews 12 enlighten us that pursuing peace is a choice, but that when we don’t there is a barricade in our spiritual growth.

We are told to pursue peace with everyone and when we opt-out of that we forfeit some things. We see in Galatians 5 that peace is a Fruit of the Spirit. That means that as we cooperate with God’s leadership in our lives He helps to produce peace. He does not zap us full of peace and we do not manufacture that apart from Him. We display peace when we allow God to form that within us.

These verses in Hebrews also tell us that an absence of grace could be part of the dynamic and therefore increased grace part of the solution.

Let’s be the ones to be the pacesetters for producing peace.

Question: How quickly do you get bitter?

Challenge: Keep a close watch this week to see how much grace is shown towards people around you and pursue peace in every way possible.

Prayer: Jesus, I can’t do that on my own. I need you to change me and help me to recognize the grace you have shown me so I can show that also to others.

Mason Randall, Chapel Leader -- Texas Rangers

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