Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14 NKJV)
INTERPRETATION: Do not struggle with people in life, do not fight over anything, do not quarrel with people over what they want or believe, but don’t let yourself be influenced to go against what you believe in your own heart, because it is in following after what you believe, that the aspect of God which you are to reveal to humanity shall come into manifestation for all to see.
EXPLANATION: Peace is tranquility. It is a state of being without struggle, where the heart is not agitated over anything, it is a state of calmness and non-anxiety. To follow peace with all men, is to make sure that in all your dealing in life you make decisions that will maintain the above conditions in your own life, the scriptures says you should do that as much as it depends on you.
Holiness means to be self existent, to be internally ruled, which means to live a life that is governed by ones own innermost convictions. It is a life that doesn’t succumb to external conditions and agents. It is a life that flows out of ones heart as against a life that is conditioned by the things that ones senses perceive, including people’s opinions and expectations.
Scripture tells us that no man has ever seen God, that it is the Son who has revealed Him, which means that no eye sees God except when the Son, through His own life shows what the Father is like. And we also read from scripture that we are Jesus’ brethren, that He is the first born among many brethren, which means we are like Him. Scripture says creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God; us, to show more and more of the unseen aspects of God.
So, when scripture says that we should follow peace with all men, and goes ahead immediately to talk about holiness, without which no eye shall see God, it is telling us that, even though we are not to fight over anything with people, yet we must not let anybody keep us from following what God has impressed upon our hearts, because it is when we follow through on those things, that people can see Him for real.