If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18
If possible means it isn’t always possible.
As it depends on me says sometimes despite my best efforts, the other party refuses.
They are bound.
Captive to pain.
Unwilling to give.
A dove is used as a symbol of peace.
Yet peace comes with a sword.
The price of peace is often blood.
Wars are fought for it.
Christ died for it.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Matthew 10:34-36
Jesus came to do what we couldn’t.
A rescue mission for sin captives.
Peace with God.
Peace through His blood.
Body broken – broken and given.
Jesus said He didn’t come to bring peace to earth.
He understands who rules this fractured world.
His gospel offends.
Words of war.
Light and dark.
Life and death.
Jesus defeating death ripped heaven wide open.
Once closed, now accessible to all who believe.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the light.
He is the goal.
The opposition has schemes, distractions and traps to keep people from getting there.
Satan, the ultimate goalie.
His agenda is to drag as many people into the pit as he can.
A devouring lion.
Make no mistake, we are at war.
The price of peace is war.
It requires a sword.
Life saving, lie slicing truth.
A sharp, double-edged blade.
Soul and spirit divider.
If I am a believer in Jesus Christ, I am a soldier.
My purpose is to fight.
Fight for my brother.
Fight for my sister.
The point isn’t to live a good life or the American dream.
The point is to love God and love others in ways that break through worldly fog.
Help the blind see and deaf hear.
Bring God’s kingdom from up there to down here.
Jesus handed the baton to us.
I am God’s life saving delivery system.
Wake up sleeper.
Shine my light.
Darkness covers the earth; thick darkness on the peoples.
Lift my eyes and be radiant.
Mount up with wings like eagles.
Light breaks darkness.
Worthy is the lamb.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.
God the Father, Jesus and His Spirit are with me.
He is faithful.
We are at war.
Take up armor.
Belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness.
The gospel of peace is described as “shoes for your feet”
The time is now.
Satan’s flaming darts are extinguished by shields of faith.
Though I experience troubles for a time, I fear not.
I belong to the One who overcame the world.
Stay within the love of God.
Have mercy on doubters and those I don’t understand.
Those who oppose me.
Those who hate me.
Snatch who I can from the fire.
The Holy Spirit dwells within me.
How does He work if I don’t show up?
Captives stay bound when I am unwilling to wield my sword.
The sword God forged just for me.
The one that uniquely fits my hand.
His purpose and plan.
The harvest is plenty, workers few.
I don’t want anyone I know or love to ask, “why didn’t you tell me?”
If I really believe what I say I do, how can I remain quiet?
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations.”
Go and proclaim good news to the poor.
Go and free prisoners.
Prisoners bound in chains of pain and unbelief.
Chains of enemy lies.
Go and help the blind see.
Share truth and watch the Spirit remove scales.
Set the oppressed free.