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Additional Facts About ‘Pursue Peace’   2 comments

Additional Facts About “Pursue Peace”

According to 1 Peter 3:10,-11, we are counselled thus,
“He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from
And his lips from speaking
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it”
We have discussed a little about “seek” to bring out some things involved in it. Now let us also consider its twin-sister, “Pursue” and those things that go with it. In the simplest form, let me say that the main difference between seek and pursue is the use of “force” in the latter.
Now, what are the things involved in “to pursue”?
1. Enquiry. The first step is to meditatively inquire from God, what to do. You can ask Him, ‘Lord, what do you want me to do to pursue it?’ On the other hand, you can present your proposed line of action to Him to confirm whether or not the thought of your heart is in line with what He will support. If you are a child of God, you will be directed by the Holy Spirit to know what to do to pursue peace, Rom 8:14.
2. Determination. Your determination to pursue peace according to the instruction of the Holy Spirit is equally important. The Lord will not force you. He allows mankind to determine which way he wants to go, way of life or death. Therefore, if you want to enjoy life, determine to pursue peace. Your determination is central to all other things. Read Deuteronomy 30:19.
3. Direction.
Any child of God who inquire from Him will not be left unattended to. The Lord will never deny Himself. He promised in Psalm 32:8
“I will instruct you and teach you in
the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye”
When you follow His instructions and teachings, you are better for it. You will know how to harness your resources to “forcefully” pursue peace.
4. Due weapons. There are some mandatory resources that must be brought in to pursue peace. You need
a) Man
b) Machinery
c) Materials or Money
d) Means or method.
You will see how these come into play when we are considering a man and a woman that successfully put these things into practice.
5. Deployment.
To have all that you need to chase a cause is one thing, deployment is another. If all that you need to pursue peace are made available to you, you do not need to waste time but to go into action immediately to get the desired results.
It is worthy of note that having all the four resources available is one thing, to deploy them calls for answers to two questions
1) Which ones are effective for the pursuit? You may have many of each of those resources but they can not have equall effectiveness for every pursuit of peace. Therefore, you must engage only the right resources for the kind of assignment on hand. Put the right peg in the right hole.
2) Which resources are efficient? Choosing the right resourcd is good but the efficient ones must be involved in a particular task of peace pursuit.
Thank God, people have lived before us and it means they lived for us to copy or to learn lessons from so that we can achieve all they achieved or avoid their pitfalls. We are going to consider a man and a woman who pursued peace until they achieved it. If they succeeded in doing it, you can!
NB: Every Scripture quoted is from New King James Version.