Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.
In our biblical text today, the unknown author of Hebrews encourages us to live in peace with all persons, to be holy and graceful and to stand against sexual immorality and godlessness. But what are we to do when peace and holiness and grace seem incompatible with immorality and godlessness? Are we really to be at peace with others whose evil is so great that they murder and rape and prey upon the helpless? And what are we to do when living in peace with someone and standing up to their perversions and godlessness seem to be at a point of impasse?
The bible says, we are to make every effort to live in peace, to be holy, and to help the lost to know God. It goes on to tell us that we are to extend a hand to all who fall short. And believe it or not, we are to forgive forever, if we are able. However, sometimes it just isn’t going to be; sometimes there are some who will only choose evil over good. When we find that we face the godless and we have made every effort to help save them from themselves we may have to also “stand in the gap,” and fight or “shake the dust off of our sandals” and move on.
Have you done all that you can for the lost today? Have you lived in peace and holiness? Have you stood up for the weak or ostracized the godless? At times we must freeze and be peaceful, at times we must fight and stand up for the weak, and at times we must gather our belongings and flee from those that choose the evil over the good.
What is God calling you to do today?