Called to Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“Jesus’ followers are called to peace. When Jesus called them, they found their peace. Now they are not only to have peace, but they are to make peace. To do this they renounce violence and strife. Those things never help the cause of Christ. Christ’s kingdom is a realm of peace, and those in Christ’s community greet each other with a greeting of peace. Jesus’ disciples maintain peace by choosing to suffer instead of causing others to suffer. They preserve community when others destroy it. They renounce self-assertion and are silent in the face of hatred and injustice. That is how they overcome evil with good. That is how they are makers of divine peace in a world of hatred and war.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer  The Cost of Discipleship, p. 108

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About the Author: Keith is the Pastor of Maynooth Community Church, a new church plant in North Co. Kildare. .

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