Pursuing peace

Pursuing peace Written by Bill Bradford

Pursuing peace

Most people don't realize that waging peace is more challenging than waging war! 

Notice the emphasis that Paul places upon peace in:   Ephesians 4:1-3   "I ... beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace."

The word endeavour is the key word. In Greek it means, "to exert oneself, to give diligence."

Notice how endeavour is translated in modern translations:
· "making every effort" (Modern English Bible)
· "be zealous in love" (Moffatt)
· "spare no effort" (New English Bible)
· "make it your aim" (Phillips)
· "do all you can" (Jerusalem Bible)

We have to work at peace – we must make it our goal and do all we can do to bring it about.
Most people do not realize that peace has a price. We know that war has a price. Are we willing to pay the price for peace? What is that price? It is our willingness to take an undeserved loss.

Taking a loss is repugnant to human nature. Carnal nature is focused on the self – on our selfish wants and desires. This is one of the chief reasons we sometimes have strife, hard feelings and even division among families and loved ones.

Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is a part of God's nature. Author John Andrew Holmes once stated,  "Yes, we love peace, but we are not willing to take wounds for it, as we are for war."

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Bill Bradford

Bill Bradford

Bill Bradford is a contributor to United Church of God publications in addition to being the pastor for several United Church of God congregations in Queensland, Australia.

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