“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” _Martin Luther King, written from a Birmingham jail while in solitary confinement (April 16, 1963)
If you’ve been keeping the peace at the price of your dignity and freedom-will then it’s time to go to war.
Don’t confuse being a pacifist with being peace-maker.
Jesus didn’t applaud those who hope for peace or even pray for peace. The pivotal word is peace-makers.
Peace doesn’t just happen; it has to be purchased, earned, won, or created—always at a high at a cost. But alternative is much costlier.
If all biting your tongue is getting you is the taste of blood perhaps you need to say something.
If being agreeable and liked is purchased at the price of you compromising your values and priorities then perhaps today is the day you begin being disagreeable until things change.
Sometimes the most loving and peace-making thing you can do is to declare war—not on a person but on the issue.
- The ONE THING for today: Peace at the expense of the freedom to be what God has designed and called you to be is not peace—it is slavery.
Matthew 5:9 (NKJV)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
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