|Hebrews 12:13-14 |
13 And make straight paths [the narrow way] for your feet, so what is lame not be turned aside, but be made whole [free from error and sin to salvation]. [Until made whole, (free from sin), we lamely walk without the Lord guiding us, doing our best to stay in the narrow way, obeying all the commands we have heard from the Lord while waiting on him.]
14 Pursue peace with all men, and holiness [consecration, sanctification], without which no man will see the Lord.7 [From the word of the Lord within: "You must be holy as I am holy. Pursue righteousness and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. "]
7 Pursue peace with all men, and holiness [consecration, sanctification], without which no man will see the Lord.
Pursue peace with all men.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Strive to live at peace with all men." If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with everyone. Rom 12:18. Some of the efforts you must make to live at peace with everyone are as follows:
- Forgive all offences from others by:
- As William Penn has said: "When your neighbor wrongs you, do not resent him; rather have pity for his lack of wisdom and understanding that would prevent his wrongful acts. We should make more haste to do right to our neighbor, than we do to wrong him; and instead of being revengeful, we should leave him to be judge of his own satisfaction or dissatisfaction with his unjust acts."
- Reject all anger against anyone, knowing it is hate and murder in your heart, which subjects you to judgment.
- Do not replay in your mind the injustices done to you, which only reinforces your temptation to hold anger over them. Force your mind to think of something else.
- Remembering all your sins done to others, and remembering that you have been forgiven by the Lord for them, ask yourself if you would have the Lord send them to Hell for what they have done to you?
- Pray for those who have treated you unjustly; even visualize hugging them in love.
- If possible, do good to those who have wronged you.
- Don't argue about anything. Walk away from arguments.
From the Word of the Lord within:
- The holy people of God should avoid contentions and protracted wrangling over the bitter truth; avoid public opposition.
- Never speak critically of any individual or any organization, no matter how deserving of criticism they are.
- Be blind to the faults of others. Before we correct, we must be corrected. He who points the finger had better make sure his finger is clean.
- Avoid foolish controversies.
- Fend off pointless questions.
- Strive to be low.
Pursue... holiness [consecration, purification], without which no man will see the Lord.
The Greek word for holiness above is a choice of 1) consecration, purification, 2) the effect of consecration, and 2a) the sanctification of heart and life. All of terms are characteristics of holiness. From the word of the Lord within: "You must be holy as I am holy. Pursue righteousness and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. "
Unless you attain holiness while living on the earth, you will not see the Lord and you will be banned from heaven. Notice in the next verses, he counsels: Watching diligently to see that no man misses the grace of God. If grace is instant with saying a prayer or getting wet, how can you miss it? In the next verse he tells us we will miss grace by sexual immorality and profaneness, which is impurity; and Paul confirms that no man that is impure, sexually immoral, or covetous, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ.