The Courage of the Peacemaker

Who was the most courageous but the one who was also most meek, who could say, "Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls"? If we learn of him we shall know how to be truly brave.

Christ Jesus was the peacemaker in that he faced enmity and revealed its impotence by unfolding "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding." He could have avoided death by being a pacifist, by not cleansing the temple, by not contending with false teaching, by not declaring unpleasant but necessary truth; but by fighting the battle through for righteousness he both conquered the sin that sought to slay him and overcame death itself. It is by the threat and fear of death that wrong seeks to hold man in bondage, and he who would save life by serving wrong is the one who really loses it; whereas the Master's promise is perpetual, "Whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it."

Pacifism Analyzed
January 19, 1918

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