How Do We Pursue Peace

We are commanded to pursue peace with everyone. How can we do that?

James 4:1 ¶ What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?
James 4:2 You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Heb. 12:14 ¶ Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

7965. shalowm, shaw-lome´; or shalom, shaw-lome´; from 7999; safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace:

7999. shalam, shaw-lam´; a primitive root; to be safe (in mind, body or estate); figuratively, to be (causatively, make) completed; by implication, to be friendly; by extension, to reciprocate (in various applications):

“Peace,” in this case, means much more than mere absence of war. Rather, the root meaning of the verb for peace better expresses the true concept of peace, Completeness, wholeness, harmony, fulfilment, are closer to the meaning. Implicit in peace is the idea of unimpaired relationships with others and fulfilment in one’s undertakings.

About twenty-five times in the OT, shalowm is used as a greeting or farewell (Jud 19:20; 1 Sam 25:6, 35). To wish one shalom implies a blessing (2 Sam 15:27);

            Shalom is the result of God’s activity in covenant , and is the result of righteousness (Isa 32:17). In nearly two-thirds of its occurrences, shalom describes the state of fulfilment which is the result of God’s presence. This is specifically indicated in those references to the “covenant of peace”, Num 25:12; Isa 54:10; Ezek 34:25; Mal 2:5) with his chosen representatives, the Aaronic priests and the Davidic monarchs. The peace that marks the conclusion of an agreement between adversaries (Isaac and Abimelech, Gen 26:29), business partners (Solomon and Hiram, 1 Kgs 5:12 [H 26]), and man and God (Abraham, Gen 15:15) is couched in terms of covenant agreement.
            This sort of peace has its source in God. He is the one who will speak shalom to his people (Ps 85:8 [H 9]). His promise to David in 1 Chr 22:9–10 puts shalom in context with “calmness,” “rest,” and “to be quiet,” as these are gifts from God. The classic statement of this concept is the Aaronic benediction (Num 6:24–26) which identifies the man to whom God has given peace as the one who is blessed , guarded , and treated graciously, by Yahweh. This is fulfilment through the divine gift. TWOT

Gen. 26:27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”
Gen. 26:28 They said, “We see plainly that the LORD has been with you; so we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you,
Gen. 26:29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.’”
Gen. 26:30 Then he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
Gen. 26:31 In the morning they arose early and exchanged oaths; then Isaac sent them away and they departed from him in peace.

Psa. 34:13    Keep your tongue from evil
            And your lips from speaking deceit.
Psa. 34:14    Depart from evil and do good;
            Seek peace and pursue it.

Prov. 12:19 Truthful lips will be established forever,
            But a lying tongue is only for a moment.
Prov. 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
            But counselors of peace have joy.

Prov. 15:1  A gentle answer turns away wrath,
            But a harsh word stirs up anger.

Prov. 17:14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
            So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.

1 Th. 5: 14…. be patient with everyone.
1Th. 5:15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

Prov. 16:7     When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD,
            He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Rom. 14:19 So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Eph. 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
Eph. 4:3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Eph. 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

James 4:11  ¶ Don’t speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are criticizing and condemning God’s law. But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is to obey it.

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