Words from the Heart for Monday November 8th, 2021
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:18 (NIV)
Live at Peace
Canada regularly ranks among the top 10 safest nations in the world on various polls and indices. According to the 2020 Global Peace Index, Canada was ranked the 10th most peaceful nation in the world. The index weighs a variety of factors including homicide rates, militarization, political stability, diplomatic relations, ongoing conflicts, incarceration rates, and terrorism impact, among others. Canada is well known for strong gun control and a relatively peaceful approach to foreign diplomacy. In general, Canada’s crime rates are low and have declined significantly since their peak in the 1980s.
There is much that concerns me these days, but one of my greatest concerns is the tenor of many of the posts I read on social media. And I am particularly concerned by posts from those who publicly proclaim that they are followers of Jesus. They are often exceedingly partisan, spiteful and even hateful, towards those they don’t agree with. While this kind of attitude is common in the world, it is not acceptable within the Kingdom of God. Paul writes in Romans 12:18: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Paul didn’t write this out of an easy life. He had many enemies, even among the people of God. He constantly faced opposition. But he knew that as a follower of Christ, his role was to do all he could to bring peace. Jesus clearly taught that we are to love our enemies and do good to those who oppose us. In the Sermon on the Mount, He tells us that peacemakers are blessed because we will be called the children of God. How can you bring peace and not friction into your relationships today?
These have been words from the heart.