Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Everyone ?

As we come to the end of our reading of the letter to the Hebrews, Today we received two commandments.

Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

In the words they are so simple:
Strive for peace with everyone
Strive of holiness without which no one will see the Lord

The word for peace used here includes the concepts of quiet, tranquility,and concord. The word for holiness also can be translated as purity.

The more closely you look, it is not the command that is the challenge, it is the specifiers.
-with everyone
-without which no one will see the Lord

These seem impossible until you realize it is really very simple. All we have to do is deal with life one person at a time, and one choice at a time, and allow God to be part of every decision. It's not that it's all that difficult, but it does require discipline and practice.

As we are moving through the day interacting with one person after another, we must truly see and hear the one who is right in front of us at the moment. As the options about what we will say or do at any given moment present themselves, always keep in mind that the Holy Spirit is right there with you in the choice.

Change may not happen overnight but with practice it will happen.