Peace Is Not The Opposite Of Conflict

Romans 10:15 How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

There is a notion that peace is the absence of conflict. But the truth is the world must have conflict in order to experience progress. Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the productive harnessing of conflict. In a proper environment conflict is exciting and constructive. But in an environment of violence and injustice it is destructive.

Where would we be if we had never experienced the conflictive forces in true education? We would still be in dark ignorance if someone had not created conflict within us by confronting our ignorance. These conflicts were often contained in the relative peace of a classroom or home. In fact, this is really the experience of education: the constant conflict between our pampered ignorance and the purity of truth. Oh the blissful peace of the soul who has learned to harness the power of conflict!

The gospel is all about peace. To believe the Gospel does not mean there will be no more conflict with God… it means conflict with God has now been eternally harnessed for the believer’s benefit. If there were no more conflict with God how would we learn from Him? How would our lives ever change? Please God… face me with my error. Create conflict in my soul so I may truly experience your peace. Face me with my flawed character so I may be more like Jesus. This struggle, for me, is the greatest evidence of peace and a permanent grace relationship with God.

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