“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
The above scripture is repeated almost in each article of the series “what Love is and what it is not”. 1Corinthians chapter 13 is one of the guidelines to understand the character of love, the acts of love and the purpose of love.
Still, the number ONE guideline to love is another scripture that indicates:
1 John 4v8
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
During our life time and as we walk along God’s path we see, we observe and understand love through Him as He is love, the great Teacher and the great Representative of love!
Love does not envy, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, thinks no evil…
All the preceding characteristics explain that love looks for the good and desires the beneficial, so in few, searches for peace. When we are well treated, when we are not attacked, when we are looking for the common good than our own convenience, then all ways lead to peace.
And who seeks the peace is a Peacemaker! Right?
That’s why Love is peace and it is in two ways: love is peace by itself, that means when I love and live my life through love then there is peace into my life. Secondly, love is by nature peace. There is equality between these two meanings: peace proves the existence of love and love acts in peace.
I think that the definitions of peace could help to comprehend better what we are looking for.
Studying the Oxford Dictionary, I could present them as follows:
a) A situation or a period of time in which there is no war or violence in a country or an area.
b) The state of being calm or quiet.
c) The state of living in friendship with somebody without arguing.
HOLD YOUR PEACE/TONGUE
• To say nothing although you would like to give your opinion.
MAKE YOUR PEACE WITH SOMEBODY
• To end an argument with somebody, usually by saying you are sorry.
I believe that the definition provides for us not only the meaning but ways that we can act in peace. I could write down a lot of Biblical verses talking about how not to argue, how to forgive, how to make peace, how to talk or not, yet, I would bore you!
Humans and especially Christians need to look for peace; think each of our action whether brings peace inside us and into our environment and when being upset try to forgive fast, make peace fast and move on! And that’s how we become Peacemakers! At this point, I need to mention two important verses and understand that peace and peacemaking can’t be anything else than a blessing in our life and in others.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
Many times we try to find a peaceful way to solve an issue or a kind of conflict and we are extremely challenged emotionally and physically – not to mention spiritually! What can we do? The idea is to find a solution/way that one may edify another.
We know from chapter 14 of John’s Gospel that the Lord Jesus Christ (himself) ensures us that He gives us His peace and He even goes an extra mile to explain and clarify that His peace is not given as the world usually gives (through philosophies, pleasant event, various practices etc.) His peace comes straight from Him to us. We are “online”…
Humanity is hungry for peace and the bad news are that peace will never come on THIS earth as we know it TODAY! Yet, we can have peace in our heart and provide a peaceful environment to the ones we come in contact with. Keep working on peace because at the end of the day “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” (Ephesians 5v1)
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