“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.
“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.