The Price of Peace

The price of peace.

Today’s subject is the price of peace. Why? Because we are living in a destructive world with major concern for peace—and our transparent failure to grasp it.
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We learn from two leaders of the past, Paul and Isaiah. Paul taught, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim. 3:7.)
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Before him, Isaiah said, in “a dream of a night vision … as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty.” (Isa. 29:7.)
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I was reading an old article and the main thing that stood out to me was this. Why is it that our generation, with all its vaunted learning, has failed so miserably in its pursuit of peace? The only answer I can give you is that we are not willing to pay the price for it.
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Is that true? Think about it. Are you willing to pay the price for peace? What are you doing to pay for that price in your in daily routines?
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What is the opposite of peace?
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Here you go: conflict, contention, disputation, strife, and war.
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Are we paying the price for peace?
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The Apostle Paul said this and I think they are very similar to the above, ”adultery, … lasciviousness, idolatry, … hatred, variance, … wrath, strife, … envyings, murders, drunkenness, … and such like.” (Gal. 5:19–21.)
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All of these are contrary to peace and harmony to the laws and will of God. So, STOP!
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How do we feel the spirit? Paul again teaches us what it’s like to feel peace and the spirit, ”But the fruit of the Spirit,” continues Paul, “is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance,” (Gal. 5:22–23).
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Don’t we all want those things? It’s harder to hate and it takes more effort, in my opinion, than it is to find peace.
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President Romney once said, ”Yet, even as we try to teach the gospel of peace, we see that most people would prefer to focus on other aspects of the problem. Even so, we should not live a life of despair and gloom. We should enjoy life in the light of revealed truth. Keep ourselves advised as to what the Lord has said about the price of peace.”
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Hear Him and you’ll find peace!
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Art by Robert Pack @altusfineart

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