Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace. Psalm 37:37 (NLT)
It is interesting how much attention we give to people who love to fight, brawl, argue, split hairs, and cause division in our modern culture. Our news channels have discussion panels with red-faced pundits showing disrespect towards anyone who does not share their point of view. It’s angry, toxic, and stress-inducing to anyone who views it. I cannot bear to watch any of it anymore, whether it is on television or social media. Hatred has bled into the fabric of our culture. Rancor is spilling into our interactions with our fellow citizens and family members.
The psalmist encourages us to take a time-out from such an adversarial life. We should search for a godly alternative. He admonishes us to turn our eyes away from the purveyors of divisiveness. Instead, we should look at those who are honest and kind. I like the Amplified Bible’s translation of our scripture:
Mark the blameless man (who is spiritually complete), and behold the upright (who walks in moral integrity); There is a (good) future for the man of peace (because a life of honor blesses one’s descendants). Psalm 37:37 (AMP)
We can celebrate good and honest people over others who lie and do anything they can to get negative attention. We can turn away from those who define themselves by their defiance of God and His Word. Why do we award the ungodly with our attention and our entertainment dollars? Is it any wonder that we are so unhappy as a culture? Hopelessness and despair reign. We feel overwhelmed because we think we will never quite gain enough or be enough.
Isn’t it time for us to celebrate the pure beauty of honesty and integrity? Isn’t it time to once again love peace more than conflict?
Conflict and war may seem more interesting at first, but the human heart will ultimately cry out for peace. There is a desire for a cessation of the endless hostility that defines our fallen world. We do not look for peace only in the present, but also in the future, for the benefit of subsequent generations.
I like to watch a show on PBS called Who Do You Think You Are? Celebrity actors receive help from genealogy experts to trace the lives of their ancestors. You see the actors in joyful tears when they find out that their ancestors did something particularly noble or charitable. You also see actors perplexed and grieved when they find out that an ancestor chose an evil path to walk in the past. In this show, I saw first-hand how a life of honor will bless one’s descendants, just like the psalmist points out in our scripture.
When we love peace and live honest and ethical lives, our descendants will one day hear our stories and be blessed. They will stand on our shoulders and do even better than we have done with God’s help in their generation. For your sake and the sake of generations to come, love God and love peace!
- Today, let’s use our energy and time to fill our lives with honesty and goodness. Celebrate people who are making positive contributions. Don’t spend your time pointing out how dysfunctional others are.
- Commit to refrain from reading or adding to the angry conversations going on in social media channels. It’s hard to love peace and add fuel to fires of resentment at the same time.
- Let’s commit to love peace more than conflict and division.
Excerpted from The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You by Iann Schonken: