“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursueit.” Psalm 34:14
“Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” Romans 14:19
“Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,but especially that you may prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1
“See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15
“But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
“Pursue peace with all people,and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14
Things we are commanded to pursue:
Things that make for peace
What is good
Pursue— to seek, to attain or accomplish (a goal), especially over a long period.
to continue to investigate, explore, or discuss (a topic, idea, or argument)
to practice, follow, prosecute, conduct, ply, take up, undertake or carry on
Pursuit carries with it the idea of seeking after something with passion and joyful anticipation, particularly over an extended period of time. We pursue things we love or desire greatly.
Peace must be pursued daily, even from moment to moment, because it is illusive and subject to being stolen from us at any moment. The one who comes to steal our peace is the thief. The Scriptures says of him that he comes for no other purpose than to kill, to steal and to destroy,
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Some things that make for peace among those of the household of faith are a soft answer, keeping our minds on the Lord, forgiveness, love that takes no thought for the wrong done to it, because love does not keep score.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
“It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” 1 Corinthians 13:5 AMP
In nearly all of the epistles of Paul, Peter, John, they greet the people with a declaration of God’s love expressed in grace, mercy and peace for God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. If we pursue love we will also pursue grace, mercy and peace because these are the fundamental expressions of God’s love manifested toward us. Therefore we ought also extent that same grace, mercy, peace and love to others as those who follow after Christ and seek to be imitators of God.
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” Ephesians 5:1