Thought for the Day: It is important to remember that righteousness is not some sort of self-righteousness or pietistic religiosity, but the rightness of God. That is what we believe will emerge from the soil of peace, the well cultivated land of shalom. This is not to confused with some orderly armistice. It is the arduous work of learning who our neighbor is, turning the other cheek, praying for the enemy and working through forgiveness and reconciliation. I’ve always thought that the word Peacekeepers was an oxymoron, as true peace is not something that can be kept or forced. It is something that is chosen and lived. If we want to see any righteousness emerge in our world, then we’ve got some serious work to do when it comes to peace.
Prayer: Let me know the peace of Christ Jesus. Allow for your peace envisioned in the life and ministry of Jesus to reside in my heart and mind. I ask for this, Generous God, as I want my life to be the good soil from which righteousness can grow. Amen.
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