Friday, May 1, 2009

Fighting, not new, just different

Just recently an article appeared in our newspaper about a man walking in the park with his two daughters. Another man came up to them and apparently made some remarks. The father told the man in no uncertain terms to get lost. The man disappeared but soon reappeared with some "friends" who beat the father breaking his leg in two places. The "friends" were pulled off the father by some observers, and some vigilant neighbors called the police. The attackers said they beat up the father because he showed them "disrespect." Now tell me, what's to respect of someone who threatens your family?

How do all the fights we have these days get started? The book of James (Bible) in chapter four addresses the subject of fighting. He says "Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it."
My, how early that starts.
"You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight, etc."

James ends up saying that only a life submitted to God will have real peace. Indeed, Matthew (more Bible) says "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God."

Ultimately Jesus, whom Isaiah (still more) calls the Prince of Peace, is the one who will bring peace to nations, cities, and yes, individuals.

Until then, John McArthur says "Peace is that glorious moment in history when everyone momentarily stops to reload."
Insightfully yours,

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