Living in peace and being holy are not mutually exclusive, nor are they the same. We often hear the saying, “going along to get along”. It has the idea of conforming to the surroundings in order to fit in and be accepted. We have unfortunately adopted this as the means to living in peace with everyone. This is another one of those currents we face as we walk through life. Scripture warns us to not conform to the world’s patterns, but to live holy lives (Rom. 12). It may seem like a contradiction to live a holy life in an unholy world (it really is). But given the options: being accepted by those around us or seeing the Lord should make the choice easier. When seeking to live a holy life becomes top priority the ‘live in peace’ part works itself out. There will be many who do not like to be around holy people and there may not be peace in their presence. Take a look at Jesus’ life if you don’t understand what I’m saying. He is the Holy One and there was and is a great majority of people who are not at peace with him.
Lord, help me to seek a life of holiness before anything else. Let me not forfeit the gift of your eternal Presence for the temporary comfort of this world. Amen!