Think on Mr Waters thoughts for a moment; “peace without justice is no peace at all.”
“God has called us to be peacemakers, but peace without justice is no peace at all. God has also called us to be pursuers of justice. As posed hypothetically by the prophet Micah, “[God] has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Mic. 6:8). The fight for justice can often be an arduous one, but it is always a necessary one.”– Michael W. Waters, Freestyle
4 thoughts on “Peacemakers”
And when Jesus saw the crowds He sat down & His disciples came to Him and He began to teach them. It says He began to teach the disciples but obviously the crowd all around heard the Word of God coming out of the mouth of the Lord. He was teaching what became known as the beatitudes…the blessings.[Matthew 4]. Then in verse 9 He said, “Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called sons of God. The Amp. Bible reads…”Blessed are the ”makers and maintainers” of peace…for they shall be called sons of God.
Mr. Waters statement that God has called [commanded] His sons to be peace makers is truth, if we are to be called ‘sons’ of God. The Amp. Bible reads…”Blessed are the ”makers and MAINTAINERS’’ of peace .
Psalms 106 says, ‘’Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.” What I think is right according to the Word of God for myself & even for my family or country, may be considered unjust in someone else’s eyes….whether they are right or wrong about it. Thus the ‘’peace’’ is broken between us.
I have seen protest signs that say “no justice, no peace”. So it seems to many learned ones an essential component of Peace is justice….as also stated by a number of statesmen, ministers and philosophers too numerous to mention here. Many of them include Justice in their definition of Peace. But not how to apply it. People say to ‘’do” justice; to ‘’seek’’ justice; to ‘’fight’’ for it which seems contra-indicative to the peace it supposedly brings forth.
So I am asking…what IS justice? Who defines it for individuals, groups, races, tribes, nations? OR: Is it entirely an individual thing or is it ‘community’? After reading several definitions and descriptions of the sages I still don’t have a grasp…maybe intellectually, yes but mostly because what seems to be justice to one person seems NOT to be to another. I am asking for others’ wisdom & understanding on this.
Mr. Water’s comment sure made me think about how peace is defined. I see from his statements and the Micah scripture he gave that it is not obtaining “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility” (one dictionary definition of peace) by lying to cover up, distorting truth or deception. One dictionary defined justice as “conformity to truth, fact, or reason”; or another: “honesty, righteousness, morals, morality”.
So, in my limited understanding of what Mr Waters is saying, real peace not just thinking that everything is fine and peaceful because all is tranquil (that may be an indicator that it’s not); and it’s more than acquiescing to justice; it’s striving for honesty, righteousness, truthfulness and those things that Micah 6:8 says we are do.
Somehow this verse from Psalm 55:21 makes me think of a false illusion of peace: “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.”
Thank you, Sara!! I see! The prophetic speaker, the prophet, speaks the tender answer from the Holy Ghost. One of the 9 gifts…..KINDNESS!!