May 1, 2012
Some people want things that are worthwhile, but seem to expect them to be dropped into their lap. There are things people want to have while failing to either recognize or accept their own part it gaining them. They may even blame others when that occurs. There are some things which must be worked for; moved toward with a willingness to do our part in order to be received. A farmer can't expect a harvest unless he is willing to till the soil, sow the seed, and water the field. And some things relative to RELATIONSHIPS must be pursued -- gone after -- in order to receive the blessing.
In Paul's letter to the church at Rome, he exhorted. . .
"(19) So then let us PURSUE what makes for PEACE and for MUTUAL UPBUILDING." ( Romans 14:19 ESV)
"Pursue" comes from the Greek "deoko" which means to pursue without hostility or to follow after or run after. To me that definition indicates not only a desire for that which is pursued, but also an eagerness for it. Do we desire PEACE to that extent? If so, what are we willing to do on our part to make it happen? As far as it depends on us ( Romans 12:18), how focused are we away from self and more toward MUTUAL UPBUILDING?
Noting the previous verses, the context of Paul's statement related to the loving consideration of others. Not that we are ever to compromise the truth, but we must take into consideration where others are in their spiritual understanding. Sometimes for the sake of PEACE and the BUILDING UP of others, we ought to be willing to set our own personal desires and even rights aside as we lovingly consider the importance of our RELATIONSHIPS with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Perhaps in our pursuit of PEACE, if our pursuit focused more on maintaining a LOVING AND RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with one another -- as we seek to maintain such with God -- the PEACE experienced will naturally be a fruit of the pursuit. In valuing the souls of others may we see such as being worthy of running after.
Have a great day WILLING TO WORK FOR THE WORTHWHILE!
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