What do you want? Peace at any price!
Do you even understand what, “Peace at any price” is? I doubt that you do because if you knew, you would understand that “Peace at any price’ comes at a HUGE COST to those who try living it and to those who live near those who try to live a life of “peace at any cost.”
Peace at any price has caused many relationship breakups in marriages, dating, and friendships. It’s the cause of people loosing their temper and becoming destructive; saying hurtful words and even becoming physically angry with rage, endangering and murderous.
Yes, peace at any price comes at a tremendous cost to whoever tries to live their life under its deceitfully deadly expression implies. Yes, “Peace at any price” has killed countless people in the past, present and will kill countless more in the future if others try to live their life trying to have, “Peace at any cost.”
For you to live your life with the premise of peace at any price, you have to sacrifice your sense of personhood. You will have to suppress your values. You will have to live your life being tolerate of everyone around you doing whatever it is that they want to do to you whenever it is they want to do it to you and however it is they want to do it to you. You will have to put up with it because you cannot do anything about it because you are paying for “peace at any price.” You will have to endure everyone’s opinion without speaking yours because you may with your opinion break the “peace” that you are paying for with your sense of personhood.
You see as you live your life striving for peace at any cost, you are building up a great hatred anger that as time goes on will continue to build at a staggering rate. The thin covering that you have shielding your true inner feelings being kept from being expressed due the tolerance you have painfully endured to capacity gets thinner and thinner with each passing tick tock of people stepping on you again and again and you not doing anything about it because you want peace at any price.
One day comes when your thin covering has grown so scant that when that next occurrence comes be it from your spouse, your boss, on the road, at the market or at the ballgame, it bursts open as you cannot tolerate any more and become verbally and physically angry with rage, endangering and maybe even murderous. You see it and hear it on the news everyday where someone looses their temper for what seems to be something that is nothing to be upset about. For them, their level of tolerance came and went and was shown on the eleven o'clock news.
Peace at any price isn’t something for people nor is it something for nations either. The same thin covering bursting happens to nations that try to have peace at any price. It can be even worse for nations as peace at any price can cause death and destruction to the whole country.
Peace at any price is only a thought of peace because peace doesn’t exist in it. It is a delusion expression created within a politically correct world. There is no implementation of peace at any price that will actually result in peace for anyone. It is a pure deception idiom.
What is one to do then who wants to live a peaceful life? Let’s go to the Holy Bible and see what it says for us to do.
Romans 12:6-21 – Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord. "BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ]
From God’s Holy word we are to love without hypocrisy meaning to love everyone. We are to abhor evil and cling to what is good. We are to be devoted to one another in brotherly love and honor. What a wonderful world it would be if we all did that.
Further in these verses we see too that if anyone has done us wrong that we are to not just tolerate it, but to bless and not curse them. Not to associate with those who do bad things. Don’t overstate what you can do. Don’t do paybacks and respect others where respect is due them.
Note that we are to “be at peace” with everyone “if possible” as it “depends on” us meaning that we do not have to tolerate, just ignore yet we shouldn’t break the word of God if our ignoring would do so. To not break the word of God, we would offer to take care of those who do not want peace with us and not take revenge against them. To do this we are to pray to God for guidance and the ability to follow His word. God’s strength is how we are able to overcome.
You see, if we were to take revenge against them, we would be putting ourselves at the same low level as those who have done us wrong. Offering to assist them in their need may bring about a change in them that causes them to become a better person; it may not however it is still our request from God to treat them better than they have treated us. The “will heap burning coals on his head” statement is referring to the confusion it will cause those who wrong us when we do not stoop down to their level but we do something which isn’t in their norm which is that we are kind to them in return to their cruelty. It causes them to think about it and think about it often.
If we all did this there would be so much peace in the world because we each would be loving and kind to each other; not putting our selfish self ahead of another. How much better it would be if we all lived per what is told for us to do in Romans chapter 12 verses 6-21.
To sum up, “Peace at any price” comes at a HUGE cost. Love comes freely from God. Follow God’s directions given to us in Romans 12: 6-21 and we all would be in a better world.
Four things to remember:
- Have a pure heart by accepting Jesus as your savior.
- Accept God’s love for you so that you can love others.
- Have patience with others as God has patience with you.
- Ask God for forgiveness of your sins as you forgive those who cross you.
It is your choice to make to accept Jesus as your savior. No one else can make this choice for you and not making it is saying no to God’s gift to you. Please make a wise decision and choose to accept Jesus as your savior.
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