Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Heb 12:14 ESV)
. . . let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. (1 Pet 3:11 NKJV)
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called sons of God. (Mt 5:8-9)
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (1 Tim 6:11)
STRIVE means to struggle, do your utmost, and to make every effort. So the Bible is instructing us to pull out all the stops to be at peace with everyone and to live holy lives so that we will see the Lord.
We want to turn away from evil, and live moral, virtuous and upright lives. A certain path towards good is to look for peace and to take every opportunity to promote and to practice peace. Jesus said that peacemakers would be called sons of God. (Mt 5:9)
The Holy Spirit leads us to flee evil, vice and iniquity. The Holy Spirit will inspire us to chase after and to exercise righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. The Lord also gives us His empowering grace in order to live each day victoriously and with joy.
The Bible reminds us in several passages that the Holy Spirit is our teacher. (Lk 12:12; Joh 14:26; 1 Cor 2:13) We need to allow Him to teach us and to lead us in the paths where He wants us to walk. Submit to the Lord’s wisdom and guidance joyfully.