This verse may be short, but it packs a wallop if you consider not only what it says, but the order in which it’s said. First, we are to live in harmony with all people…not just our friends and family or others who treat us well. It tells us here that it’s our responsibility, as far as we’re able, to preserve the peace…wherever and whenever we’re called upon. Leading to the next part of this verse, that says while we are making this effort to live in peace with others, we are to remain holy. But sometimes that can a pretty big order…I not only have to live in harmony with that person, but bless them in the process! But just as Jesus never retaliated with insults or threats when He was persecuted…we shouldn’t either. That’s because, call it holiness or sanctification, it is a life-long journey of purity and building others up… with the end goal being eternal life and experiencing God’s Presence.