Paul closed his letter to the Corinthians with those words. As we are in our last chapter together on this topic of peace, allow me to echo his words. Think about what makes the Lord of love and peace feel welcome among us. Paul tells us to live in harmony and peace as we encourage each other. He tells us to be joyful and to grow to maturity.
Mature people are joyful and hopeful regardless of circumstances. They choose to live up, instead of down. They lift others, even as the Lord lifts them. They decide to live harmoniously and at peace with each other. They know that our differences are divinely orchestrated. Each one can make their unique contribution and have value in the Body of Christ.
It is a mature approach to see that people are different from us and still celebrate and encourage them. How often do we lose our peace with others because we insist that they do as we prefer?