Strive is also translated pursue or follow.
It evokes an idea of a relentless chase,
of never letting up,
never missing an opportunity.
Honestly, I think I’m more inclined to expect peace and holiness to catch me.
Yes, it is the Holy Spirit working in me who sanctifies me, who makes me holy, who brings peace.
Yes, it is His work and His responsibility …
But I am to pursue it as if it were solely on me.
Pursue it. Strive for it.