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Ending Violence

Joan Winifred

“There are a great number of peoples who need more than just words of sympathy from the international community. They need a real and sustained commitment to help end their cycles of violence, and launch them on a safe passage to prosperity.” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan  (1999 quote)

Isaiah 60:18, God gave the assurance: “No more will violence be heard in your land, despoiling or breakdown within your boundaries.”

Some feel the need to counter violence with Superviolence…personally, i think educating people about peace is crucial. Shocking stats, on the radio yesterday morning, about gun violence in Chicago…is the inspiration for this post. (IF You choose, You can research BBC news, etc…Chicago violence.)

Private and public violence is unacceptable to me. WOW! such a strong statement, eh? …what i mean is…violence (verbal/physical) is NOT “a” viable solution…for private/public problems/conflict(s).  Examining interactions and dealings within families, neighborhoods, communities and globally teaches us we need “communication” change(s)…yeah, obviously, other changes are needed also to bring about long-lasting peace. We can learn to choose compassion and Peace!:)

“Do not become envious of the man of violence, nor choose any of his ways.” Proverbs 3:31

Here are some helpful Bible Principles…(excerpted reading AWAKE April 2013) these principles and Others… i’ve been working on personally (and for years and will continue working on these)…which help me value PEACE….more (i.e, than being right or in the right or winning, or getting my way, etc, etc).

  • Avoid abusive speech.— “Let a rotten word not come out of your mouth, but only what is good for building up as the need may be, to impart what is beneficial to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29, 31.
  • Cultivate self-restraint.—”A stupid person gives vent to all his feelings,But the wise one calmly keeps them in check.” Proverbs 29:11
  • Know that self-respect comes, not from controlling others, but from controlling yourself.—”The one slow to anger is better than a mighty man, And the one controlling his temper than one conquering a city.”
  • Think of the consequences of your actions.—”Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” Galatians 6:7
  • If you feel you are going to lose control, it may be best to walk away.—”Beginning a fight is like opening a floodgate; Before the quarrel breaks out, take your leave.”
  • Learn to detest violent behavior.—”Jehovah (God of Compassion) examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence.”  Psalm 11:5

Is that laughter i hear?!:)…yeah, IF You regularly read my are well-aware i am a work in progress…and will always be tweaking my weak. What helps me continue to value compassion and peace is choosing Friends of Peace!:)

9/8/16 @ 10:38 a.m.

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