Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
This is a very simple instruction. Like many statements that appear simple, the words are profound. It is, live in peace with everyone – not just those you instinctively like – but everyone. And be holy. If you are forever in conflict with others stillness of soul is impossible. And without stillness God cannot enter. Conflict with others drowns out that quiet voice that comes from God. It was why the Apostle Paul was so upset and angry with the Corinthian church: it was splitting into factions and the gospel was being drowned out. This is a word for all time to every follower of Christ and to the church.
Father, we pray with the words of St Francis of Assisi, Lord make me and instrument of Your peace.