Verse of the Day
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” [Hebrews 12:14 – NIV]
Many of you remember the tension between the United States and the USSR after World War II. The Cold War kept escalating. We lived with a constant threat of nuclear war (who remembers practicing how to kneel under your desk at school?), and our systems (capitalism and communism) competed against one another on the world stage. Eventually, we reached an understanding and our strained relations eased; hence the title of this devotional—Détente.
As today’s passage tells us, peace is a great thing to seek. Of all the possible conditions that mankind could find itself in, peace is the one that we strive for the most, yet it is rarely achieved. We bicker, fight, and are often at war. So truth be told, peace is really more of a dream than a reality. The author of Hebrews tells us that for us as Believers, peace in and of itself is not enough. We must be holy because “without holiness no one will see the Lord.” This is a high standard indeed, but then what don’t we understand about being Christ-like?