Divine Wisdom for Making Peace

Until approximately a decade ago, this country (the USA) stood for peace, and the love of God, country and everyone in it. Now, all reasonable discourse between opposing opinions has been thrown out the window – leaving hate and havoc in its place. This has been a deliberate manipulation by this government through the entrenched ruling class on both sides of the aisles, to make people kowtow to the ultimate ‘wisdom of the government,’ the will of those governed be damned. It does that by creating purposeful division of the people, so that each look upon the other as the enemy.

There is no peace, nor can there be, if we continue down this path.

God has a different path. It’s about reaching for the highest gifts of the kingdom, which are love, joy and peace. These gifts are interdependent. If you lay waste to one, you poison them all; e.g. if we poison peace, we kill our love and joy.

The ways to lay waste to these kingdom gifts, is through the practice of faithlessness, anger, hatred and jealously, which are all forms of fear – the antithesis of love:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear; because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 Jn. 4:18 NKJV

Being ‘made perfect in love,’ is only possible if one has a love-connection to God. If one has a connection with Him, they would not be swimming in the swill of the fear-laden designs of our spiritual adversary.

Look at anger, hatred and jealousy. All of these are offshoots of the fear of ‘not getting what you want,’ or the fear of ‘losing something.’ Thus, they are rooted in coveting what another has or trying to get your own way; and it’s always about being ‘self-centered.’ These are all worldly ways; and God knows that you cannot practice love when your chasing after the ways of the world.

God practices righteous anger and hate, but only against that which is unrighteous:

These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. Pr. 6:16 – 19. NKJV

Seeing that in spades these days, yes?

God uses His anger to take a stand for you against anything that prevents love from coming your way.

Humans use anger quite differently, by directing it against everything we disagree with, that threatens our personal ideology or the self-righteous we’ve wrapped around it. It destroys our peace.

Yet anger is a natural human response; so, instead of feeling bad about it, we can stop in the middle of it, take a breath and look closely at why we are angry. Is it righteous anger, whose energy we are using to remove unrighteousness, through taking constructive action to right a wrong?

For example, perhaps you get angry when you see people starving in impoverished nations. One direction to point that righteous anger in, would be to generate a loving response by taking a stand FOR finding a way to feed them. When the solution is found, your anger will dissipate.

Examples of unrighteous anger would be taking a stand AGAINST people who do not think as you do, by taking it out on them through assault, battery and degradation, while you play the victim. Unrighteous worldly anger is always destructive – used by the practitioner to make some person or element outside of themselves the source of all their problems. That way, they don’t have to take responsibility for how their lives are working out.

Indeed, worldly anger in all its forms is hugely detrimental to the one who practices it, as well as the target thereof:

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Fret not yourself; it only tends to evil. Ps. 37:8 ESV

Worse, it brings condemnation from God:

…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of a man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19, 20. ESV

But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going because darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 Jn. 2:11 NKJV

Anyone who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 1 Jn. 3:14, 15. NASB

Thankfully, God always shows us a better way to be, which is to be more like Him – as He describes Himself:

“The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth (faithfulness);” Ex. 34:6 AMP

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime… Ps. 30:5 NASB

Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. Mic. 7:18 NASB

We can see that God is not a ‘hot head.’ His moments of (righteous only) anger are few and short-lived. God primarily focuses on giving love, favor and granting forgiveness. That’s our model.

God loves us so much that He not only leads by example, He tells us how to achieve the same:

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Eph. 4:31, 32. NKJV

In addition, (and so glaringly applicable now), God tells us to stay away from angry people:

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, or go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways. Pr. 22:24, 25. ESV

But, you can’t always avoid angry people. The way to peace is not to answer in kind:

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Pr. 15:1 NASB

We want to make peace with ourselves as well, when we indulge in anger because often times anger is an avenue that invites the devil into your heart:

Be angry [at sin – at immorality, at injustice, at ungodly behavior], YET DO NOT SIN; do not let your anger [cause you to shame, nor allow it to] last until the sun goes down. And do not give the devil an opportunity [to lead you into sin by holding a grudge, or nurturing anger, or harboring resentment, or cultivating bitterness]. Eph. 4:26, 27. AMP

Whatever discord we may encounter, the way to peace always requires the application of love:

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions. Pr. 10:12 NASB

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Lk. 6:27, 28. NKJV

God wants us to be like Him – spreading peace, joy and love by teaching the kingdom promises and living them out as a peaceful godly example:

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Rm. 12:18 ESV

God always presents us with a choice: practice fear and die on the inside, or make the choice to live for peace, love and joy:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Mt. 5:9 NKJV

Goodnight and God bless.

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August 23 2017 11:14 pm | experiencing god's love

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