’ve often been mesmerized as I have watched live footage on television of a police chase; it’s remarkable to me that people think that they can actually outrun the police! Whether the police lay strips of nails across the freeway in hopes of blowing out the tires of the one that they are chasing or whether they simply wait for the criminal to run out of gas, it seems like the police always get the one that they are chasing. In the same way that a police squad will relentlessly pursue someone who is fleeing from the law, that is how we are to pursue the things that make for peace and the building up of one another (Romans 14:19)
The Greek word for pursue is the word diókó, (phonetically pronounced dee-ó-ko) and it means to aggressively chase, like a hunter pursuing a catch. The word implies intentionality and perseverance until you apprehend or overtake that which you are chasing.
our court to relentlessly follow through. There really is no excuse valid enough to bypass this verse. Rom 12:18 says, “as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Yeshua (Jesus) is called the prince of peace (Is 9:6) because that is who he is! The word says, “He Himself is our peace” (Eph 2:14) because He broke down the wall of hostility between people groups who formerly had nothing to do with each other. He came preaching peace (Eph 2:17) and it’s the peace of Messiah that we are told to have ruling our hearts (Col 3:15).
So, next time you consider this verse, think of the determination of a policeman chasing after a criminal and resolve yourself to pursuing (chasing after) the things that make for peace.
About the Author: Scott Volk
Scott Volk is Messianic Jew who came to faith in 1975. After graduating from North Central University in Minneapolis in 1988, Scott has served in various pastoral capacities in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina. After more than 20 years in pastoral ministry, Scott founded Together For Israel, a non-profit ministry that exists to partner with the Church for the salvation of Israel (Rom 11:26).
Scott and his wife Beth have been married for over 25 years and have a heart to see Jew and Gentile united as ‘one new man’ in the Messiah. They have five children and reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.