Peace Is A Primary Context

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace,
Context means, “the circumstances or events that form the environment within which something exists or takes place.” Encarta Dictionary There are contexts to all human experiences. Marriage is a good example. Marriage became one of the primary contexts of our existence the day Carol and I legally made our vows before God and man. Everything in our lives since has taken place within this context. (pictured when we were 21 and in our 3rd year of marriage)

Peace is another primary context. When peace exists a relationship takes on certain characteristics which may not exist outside that context. For instance, in a peaceful relationship there is a presumption of safety. Those I am at peace with will not seek to harm me. There is a presumption of conciliation. If our differences become acute we will make every effort to resolve our conflict. There is a presumption of mutual benefit.

A peaceful relationship will enrich our lives. When we are at at peace with those around us we have more usable time, energy, and resources. Peacemaking is a Christian context. More to come...

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