|Living in Peace, 101 - email, 8/2008 & 8/25/2014|
[from a family member living in Paris, France]
Aug 14, 2008
where Muslims, Christians and Jews have lived together in peace
and harmony for many, many generations. All of them have difficulty
understanding why the rest of the world around them in the
Middle East cannot do the same . . .
----- Original Message ----
Yes, indeed. Because peace with other individuals, cultures,
nations, has to begin in our own hearts.
Personally, I had to to be healed emotionally through forgiving --
then came the necessity of non-judgment of others,
and extending mercy. My enemy is the one who was
defeated on the Cross and through the Resurrection.
I've learned how to deal with him. He lies, deceives, steals and kills,
if he's allowed to. I'm in the camp of those who have learned
to "head him off at the pass."
Some people have acted as if they were my enemy,
but they are not. They saw me as a threat. That's OK.
That puts me in some very good company.
Long story short: I've learned to love, and Love never fails!
"Even those I will bring to My holy mountain
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable
on My altar;
For My house will be called a house of prayer
for all the peoples." (Isaiah 56:7)
Through the New Covenant in Christ, the "sacrifice" has to be
a broken and contrite heart -- as opposed to pride, arrogance,
self-righteousness. The 'I am right: you are wrong!' stance
is what enables the fear and hate that prevent peace
between human beings.
How often we have read of communities where wide cultural
and religious differences exist, yet because the people wanted
to live together in peace, they chose to major in positive,
unifying aspects of life.
The founders of the U.S.A. labored long and hard to prepare
such a framework for us.
People bent on deceptive selfish, greedy, materialistic goals
have worked hard to undermine our foundation.
However, I am convinced that miracles will yet happen to reveal
Father's love and truth to many.
Then sincere worship and prayer will facilitate the peace we long for.
[From Paris, 08/25/14 comes this addition to the conversation: