Live in Horizontal Peace with Vertical Holiness
While attending a ladies day a couple of years ago I heard a lesson on holiness that stuck with me. We were asked to think of the cross. The horizontal post reflects our life here on earth and the vertical post represents our life through eternity.
While we are here on earth, we are instructed to make every effort to live in peace with everyone. Hebrews 12:14 reads, Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy;without holiness no one will see the Lord.
We are made holy when we put Christ on through salvation. And through your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ you received by faith His righteousness and holiness. So through salvation we are made holy.
But that isn’t the end of the story. The part of the lesson that touched me was that we need to live in the world but not be a part of it. Tough to do at times for sure. It can be hard to not allow the world to press in and start molding us to look and act like everyone else. But we are called to be different. We shouldn’t be like everybody else. We are called to be like Jesus.
How do we live peaceably with others and begin to mold our lives to be more like Jesus? It comes through the renewing of our minds so that we can know what is good, acceptable, and perfect; which is the will of God for our life.
Romans 12: 2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
In Romans 12:1, Paul teaches,
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Reasonable service. This phrase is one that I have heard all my life but it wasn’t until I dug deeper into the Word that it made sense. As we study the Bible, it begins to dwell in our heart and mind. Slowly it begins to become visible in our lives in the way we talk, walk, and interact with others. Think of it as behavior modification. The more of the Word we consume, the more it becomes visible in us.
Living in Peace
The more the Word changes us, the easier it is for us to begin living in peace with others. Hebrews 12 teaches that without peace and holiness, we will not see the Lord. This verse reminds me of others calling for us to have a meek and quiet spirit. I find the more time I spend in the Word, the calmer I am. I hope it also makes it easier for others to get along with me.
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness—without it no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14. Our living in peace within our horizontal relationships opens doors for us to be able to lead others to Christ. Then our relationships will be working together towards eternity.
We serve a holy God. We are to do everything we can to pattern our lives after him. I think learning to live in peace is a key to opening the doors of communication with those around us. Our life should be a pattern that sets us apart, one that those around us will want to know more about. Will you open your heart and allow the peace of God to fill you so you can be of service to the kingdom?
Spend time in the Word every day. Press the Words of God in your heart and mind. Those powerful messages will make changes in your life.