Seeking peace is more than a wish, it’s an action.
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This picture is of the base of a statue that makes its home in the Black Forest woods. It’s a quote of Psalm 34.
“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
Psalm 34:14 English Standard Version
The first part of verse fourteen is as important as the second. As we’re called to seek peace we’re also called to turn away from evil and practice that which is good. When you think about it, these two phrases are married to each other.
I can’t think of a better way to establish peace than to do what is good and run away from evil. What are those things that destroy peace? Isn’t it those things that we label as evil: greed, theft and pride? Don’t the opposite attitudes and behaviors establish peace?
We see the way Jesus lived among us reflected in this passage. He rejected evil and pursued what was good. As a result we have peace with God.
From this place of peace with God we seek peace with each other. Today, we have the opportunity to run as far away from evil as we can and do good.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner