Antithetical Forms Of Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

What is the difference in the peace that the world gives versus the peace given us through Christ?

The WORLD brings and enforces peace by killing, military strength and victory, threat of assault, fear by intimidation, superior killing machines, brilliant strategies, wealth, hating your enemies, fighting fire with fire, and human
effort.

Christ and his people bring peace by dying, dying to self, the cross, surrender, compassion, sacrifice, faithing it through weakness and vulnerability, rest, absorbing the blows of evil instead retaliating, loving enemies, turning the other cheek and fighting fire with love.

These two forms of peace are the antithesis of each other.

One believes it is necessary to be the wolf among sheep. The other is not afraid to be the sheep among wolves.

The gospel turned the way to peace upside down.

Travis Bryan III

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