“Blessed are the peacemakers”
– Jesus (Matthew 5:9)

For most of us, peace equals calm. It’s when we’re at rest.

But that’s the outcome, the result. The getting there is a different thing entirely.

The picture of peace that Jesus gave us was not magical, but balanced.

“Forgive, if you have anything against anyone” (Mark 11:25)




“Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12)

It takes effort–sometimes a lot–to make peace.

Sometimes, even, it’s the hardest thing we will do.

Other times still, it will cost us more than we’re comfortable losing.

Jesus said:

“In me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.


“But take heart;


I have overcome the world.(John 16:33)

It does no good to run away from this fight. No matter how hard it is.

No other alternative is better.

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