I really want to focus on the part that says “…search for peace, and work to maintain it.” Peace only comes from the Lord, and we need to be learning and growing to be like Him. Nothing we can do, or buy, or have can give us this peace, we need to surrender and open our hearts. I love the part that says, “…and work to maintain it.” Are we willing to give our time to the Lord for learning? Maintaining it takes us devoting ourselves to God’s word and working our best to grow and live a life that resembles Christ. When we mature in our understanding and learn to live and act like Christ we will have peace. Then when we continue to fill our lives with the knowledge that comes from God and live in the Spirit we can maintain it. Everything we do is to glorify God and all our strength comes from Christ so we don’t get the glory for anything we do.
In 1 Peter 3:15 we are told, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”
So love God as He loves us, unconditionally, and never take your eyes off the prize of eternal life. Amen