“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” Hebrews 12.14
We don’t talk much about “holiness” for fear that someone may think we are “too religious.” Holiness is a serious topic in Scripture. When Peter was writing his epistles, he spoke of this matter in 1 Peter 1.14-16: “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
The writer of Hebrews makes a very defining statement: “without which (meaning holiness) no man shall see the Lord.” If it requires holiness to see the Lord (and it does), and since we have no holiness of our own, what must we do? We must acquire the holiness that God offers at salvation. Peter’s words are pretty clear: “ … as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation … ” The word conversation here is not referring to what we say, but to our manner of life (what we do).
We are to be holy in all our conduct. Is that even possible in our own strength? Absolutely not! If the Holy Spirit is not in charge of our lives on a daily basis, then we cannot be holy in all of our conduct. And it is our conduct to which the world pays attention. They aren’t nearly as concerned about what we SAY as they are about what we DO. There is an old song whose words go something like this: “What you are speaks so loud that the world can’t hear what you say. They’re looking at your walk, not listening to your talk.”
So we must conclude that we are to live in peace with all men and our behavior, our conduct, is to be characterized by holiness. And that is only possible when God’s Holy Spirit has total control of our lives. Just my thoughts …