“Seek peace and pursue it” (I Peter 3:11b).
Pursue (Gr. Dioko): Press forward, follow after, given to as an attendant
In our world peace is elusive because someone, some nation or some group is constantly stirring up trouble, speaking of war, or causing some kind of conflict. Therefore, pursuing peace takes a lot of effort, a lot of concentration, a lot of diplomacy; and will sometimes even drive us into isolation and to taking the solitary way.
The Apostle Peter in his Epistle wrote about the importance of living unto God. For those who would love life and desire to see good days (cf. I Peter 3:10), there are conditions in play that determine the degree of peace one may find. There are negative things to lay aside, like “refraining the tongue from evil and the lips from speaking guile” and positive things to do as “doing good”.
The problem is there are too many who do not have the right perspective. The Psalmist said, “I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war” (Psalms 120:7). This is our constant dilemma; but we must not despair; we must press forward, follow after, and be given to the pursuit of peace, if that is our aim; if we, indeed, love life and desire to see good days.
The Apostle Paul addressed this matter in his Epistle to the Romans where he wrote: “Let us, therefore, follow after (dioko) the things which make for peace, and the things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19). There it is again, “the things which make for peace”. Oh, those elusive things of which we must lay hold; that we must do, that must become within us our very nature to the intent that we may find the place of peace in our own hearts and in our walk in this life in the Lord.
The Prince of Peace. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, gave us such encouraging words in the Gospel of John when He said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). The pursuit of peace, therefore, becomes the pursuit of Christ, to receive Him into our hearts and the peace He brings. Seeking, pursuing, and knowing Christ becomes the way to peace for all who shall believe.
The Way of Peace. Many there are who sit in darkness. Many there are who dwell in the shadow of death; but there is a “way of peace” for those who pursue peace, who press forward to know peace and give attendance to the One Who is Peace, Christ Jesus (cf. Luke 1:79). The wicked know not this “way of peace” as, indeed the Scripture says, “There is no peace for the wicked” (Isaiah: 48:22; 57:21).
The heart of those who seek peace, pursue peace and follow after peace becomes evident to all. They become the peacemakers, the intercessors, the mediators in matters of dispute, in matters of conflict and in matters of war. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Love life, Love God, Love your neighbor. Seek peace and pursue it.
“Now the Lord of peace, Himself, give you peace always, by all means. The Lord be with you all” (II Thessalonians 3:16).