Pursuing Peace and Mutual Upbuilding

"Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding." (Romans 14:19)

Paul is writing these words to the Christians in Rome in the context of not judging others because they have certain beliefs about what to eat or not eat, or because they choose to observe a certain day of the week as better or holy.  Doesn't it also seem like good advice for us today, as we are overwhelmed by all the recent shootings, stabbings, and acts of terrorism in the U.S. and around the world?

Are you tired of all the violence?  So am I.

All I know to say is that our Lord shows us a different way - a way of love, peace, forgiveness, and kindness.

No matter what happens in the world, our Lord God is calling us to be light in the world, people who - by God's power - bring love, peace, and healing to the world.  My sense is that there are a lot more people doing this kind of work in the world - the work that "makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding" - than there are people who are doing the work of destruction and violence.  Part of the issue is that the "peace and love" folks don't make the headlines.  Be that as it may, God is calling us to continue on as peacemakers and as people who enhance life for others, while also being good stewards of the planet.

Be encouraged.  God knows what you up to.  Keep at it, faithful friend.  Thank you for pursuing the things that make for peace and mutual upbuilding!