Thoughts on Peace & Freedom

The children of God are supposed to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9). What does that mean? I have learned that obtaining peace requires determination, humility, resolve, truth, love, and a will to do what is right, even if it requires sacrifice.

Sacrifice is something that many of us do not fully understand in this day and age. Everyone wants ‘this’; Everyone feels ‘that’. Who will bare the burden? The freedoms that we enjoy in any country today resulted from the sacrifice of others, yet we use our freedom to oppress. We see it as a ticket to satisfy our self, regardless of others.

Yet, what is freedom? I believe that freedom is the right to be unrestricted in one’s ability to live and love. A free person is not only free to live, but has a responsibility that others are free to live as well. One cannot demand to be free at the expense of others. Violating the freedom of others is not a benefit of being free yourself. Rather, being free demands that you ensure the freedom of others. This is fairness and equity. Freedom is protected by justice. Justice upholds peace. Peace requires sacrifice. Sacrifice ensures freedom.

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