The price we pay for violent lifestyles
 
is more than just the occasional ulcer.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If we are not very prayerful and careful...
 
and don't take the time to think about
 
the consequences of our actions...
 
we run the risk of losing connection with ourselves,
 
each other, and God.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
People have been mis-educated about peace.
 
The culprit is...
 
ignorance of God and oneself.
 
 
The term peace is described in Scripture as
 
a gift from God and congruent with His character
 
(1 Thessalonians 5:23; Galatians 6:16;
 
1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 13:20).
 

 
Some insist on looking for peace "Out there."
 
They are of the belief that if they can settle disputes
 
between people and nations...
 
the end result will be peace.
 

 
 For deep within the self...
 
is the Light of God.
 
God is Himself Peace
 
and without God...
 
there can be no peace on earth.
 
 
 
If God is peace, then to know God is to bask in His peace.
 
The closer we draw to Him,
 
the more of His peace we can enjoy
 
(James 4:8).
 
 

 
 
Peace through non-violence
 
is as much about getting the violence and hatred
 
out of our hearts
 
as it is about getting violence and hatred
 
out of our communities, cities, states, countries, and world.
 
 
 
 
“When a man’s ways please GOD,
 
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
 
Proverbs 16:7 
 
 
Once one realizes the Light of God within...
 
Satan's delusions lose their power,
 
and the darkness of Spiritual ignorance is dispelled.
 
 
 
 
Peace is realized...
 
when God, the Source of Peace, is realized.
 

God's Peace gives us tranquility and quietness of spirit
 
that transcends circumstances.
 
 
 
 
 
Our legacy should be more about
 
the seeds of God's Peace and Love
 
we planted in our children's lives.
 
Children are a heritage from God,
 
the fruit of the womb.
 
God's Peace and Love should be taught even
 
before a child leaves his mother's womb.
 
 
 
 
When children are properly educated about God's Love and Peace
 
they will always be more effective and better equipped
 
to resist the forces of violence
 
and other ills in this world...
 
non-violently.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 The ultimate weakness of violence is

that it is a descending spiral,

begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.


Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.

Through violence you may murder the liar,

but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.

Through violence you may murder the hater,

but you do not murder hate.

In fact, violence merely increases hate.

So it goes.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,

adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness:

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Destruction of any one of God's children means

a certain destruction of oneself.

Direct or indirect violence is destructive. 

If we are honest we realize there are more pathological types

of violence that are acceptable or untold in our society.

These untold types of violence go far beyond ghetto uprisings.

Some of the violent acts we seldom hear about

range from personal attacks to war,

violation of human autonomy; power and privilege,

verbal attacks that demean and humiliate; racism;

denying one’s humanity and equality,

spiritual postures that communicate inferiority,

and worthlessness,

and the list goes on.

 

 


Nonviolence is an attempt to find truth and love

even in the midst of hatred, destruction, and pride.

 

 

 

 

 

Nonviolent resistance is not a method of cowardice.

It does resist.

It is not a method of stagnant passivity

and deadening complacency.

The nonviolent resister is just as opposed to the evil

that he is standing against as the violent resister,

but he resists without violence.

This method is non-aggressive physically,

but strongly aggressive spiritually.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Let’s not only give peace a chance,

let’s give it a place in our hearts and souls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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