“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:”
Right out of the gate, I will tell you that this is a hard thing to do. If you are a red-blooded, independent-thinking, fleshly human being, you are having trouble living peaceably with EVERYONE. I mean, there are some who don’t rub you the wrong way as often as others, and there are some who vex your spirit at the mention of their name. I know. I have been there.
God knows this also. He wants more than anything for you to be in right relationship with Him, and part of that includes being in right relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and with those persons who are part of the world’s system. He wants us to lovingly encourage them and, if need be, witness to them so that they can become a part of the family of Christ. We may be the only contact with holiness that some people have, and we must take advantage of that.
By no means am I insinuating that we are to be door mats, as some may think; but do all that you can to maintain peace within the concentric circle where God has placed you. Your holiness may very well point some unbeliever towards the LORD.