Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stott: peacemaking

Sunday, July 27, 2014
    Commemoration of Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher, 1901
    Commemoration of John R. W. Stott, spiritual writer and teacher, 2011
    Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
    —James 3:18 (NIV)
    The incentive to peacemaking is love, but it degenerates into appeasement whenever justice is ignored. To forgive and to ask for forgiveness are both costly exercises. All authentic Christian peacemaking exhibits the love and justice—and so the pain—of the cross.
    ... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), The Cross Of Christ, Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1986, p. 289 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 85:8; 122:6-8; Matt. 5:9; Luke 17:3-4; Rom. 12:1-2,18; 14:17-19; Gal. 5:22-23; 6:1-2; Col. 3:13; Jas. 3:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have paid the price for peace.
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