Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
~ Matthew 10:34
~ Matthew 10:34
Tolerance. In the 1828 Webster's Dictionary, it was defined this way...
|1.||a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.|
|2.||a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own.|
|3.||interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.|
|4.||the act or capacity of enduring; endurance: My tolerance of noise is limited.|
Peace with the world should not be our goal. Standing on truth will create division. In fact, we are told to expect hatred and persecution. (John 15:18-20; 2 Tim. 3:12) But we can have peace:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I haven't heard back from that reader. I am praying that God will open his or her heart to the truth of God's Word. I pray that that reader and others will find the peace that only God can give.
Thank you to Esthermay for hosting In "Other" Words this week and selecting this quote. Please visit her blog, From the Heart of a Pastor's Wife, to see what others have written on this verse. Also, check back here for "Misunderstood Peace, Part 2", where I will share more of my response to last week's anonymous email.