“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue It.” ~ Psalm 34:14
In today’s world it is so easy to fall out of peace. Peace is considered the exception, rather than the rule in our society. People spend millions of dollars in pursuit of peace, and yet never find it. Why is this, when Christ died so that we may have His own peace?
I believe that the answer to that question lies in the first part of Psalm 34:14, “Turn from evil and do good…” You see, sin causes the heart to harden. As you sin it weighs down on your soul, and takes away your peace. It isn’t until we confess our sins and make things right inside ourselves, with God, and with others that we are able to seek and pursue peace.
It isn’t by good works, or by good deeds and actions that we are saved or that we earn blessings from God. No, it is only by the blood of Christ that we have access to our salvation. But by turning away from evil and doing good it allows our heart to be more open to God and the blessings He gave us. Blessings such as peace, hope, love, joy, and sound minds.
Doing good doesn’t mean that you have to drop everything and join the army or peace core tomorrow necessarily. Doing good simply means seeking ways to show God’s love everyday, and maintaining your character as that of a child of God. When you make a mistake, fix it and apologize. When you see someone in need, don’t turn away. This will allow your conscious to be free of guilt, shame, and condemnation to seek, pursue, and maintain God’s perfect peace in your life.