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Hebrews 12:14

Strive for peace with everyone 

and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 


I love when the word strive is used in the bible. 

The word itself doesn't mean to do anything other than to try vigorously. 

It makes me think of a way of doing art with toddlers...

"process not product."

God is not telling us in Hebrews 12:14 to live in peace with everyone.

He's telling us to try as hard as we can for peace with everyone. 

He knows that we will not be able to have peace with everyone

but he also knows that if we strive for peace, every moment, every day,

then we will see the Lord in every moment as well. 


  1. It surely is a process by which all we can is try with the help of the Lord. Blessings!

  2. Beautiful Scripture and beautiful thoughts on striving and peace. Thank you for sharing this good reminder to try to live in peace. It should be our goal every day.

  3. Connecting the process of peaceful resolution to the making of art with toddlers is such an apt picture in so many ways, and it encourages me to be patient with process. (Not my favorite thing!) But I do love painting with my grandson in spite of the mess. Remembering today that process might be messy . . .

  4. Yes, yes ... God whispers peace, He is our peace.

  5. This is so good! We do our part to keep our own heart at peace and free of offense when dealing with difficult people and let God do what He needs to do in them. I find my issue is in trying to fix or change others, which never results in peace!

  6. This is very insightful, and I agree. I also believe there will always be wars and fights, it is in man's nature.

  7. It's worth making every effort to be at peace with others. That's a striving that God will bless. :-)

  8. In today's climate, your post is timely and quietly encouraging. Thank you.


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