We are instructed by God’s Word to do two central things:
(1) do good deeds, and
(2) to search for and practice being at peace with all people.
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Ps 34:14 NIV) Turn away from evil (in thought, word, and deed). Do good to others and look for (and chase after) inspired ways to be at peace with all people.
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord . . . (Heb 12:14) Follow peace, and practice peace—as well as living a righteous life; for without these things, no man will see the Lord.
Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. (1 Pet 3:11)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Gal 6:10) We are told to do good to all, especially our brothers and sisters in the faith.
This is not as easy as it may sound! “DO GOOD TO ALL” does not give the impression of being difficult, right? However, when you think about “doing good” to people you don’t particularly like, to a malicious co-worker, to a mean store clerk, or to those who are unappealing and unpleasant, then the challenge comes much more clearly into focus.
The Lord also wants us to be at peace with these kinds of people: all who are obnoxious and unlovable.
We were created in the image of God (Gen 1:27), and God loves each and every human being. He wants all people to be saved. (2 Pet 3:9) People are won over to Christ and to the gospel of salvation through our lives and through our testimonies. They are also won over by our kindnesses and our good deeds. They are persuaded by our actions to those who are unlovely.
Following Christ’s example will bring forth eternal fruit for the Kingdom of God.