Understanding Peace — Dallas Willard

Understanding Peace

Peace, or shalom, is a kind of rest that comes from bedrock confidence in the holistic, universal provision of what is necessary and good. Hymnist Horatio Spafford offers one of the best descriptions of the effects and sources of peace: “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say it is well, it is well with my soul.” Consequently, a person of peace does not attack others and faces attacks by others with calmness and without rancor, since there is an assured knowledge and experience of abundance. Such a one is neither hostile, suspicious, nor “touchy” to the point of offense. The wisdom that springs out of a life from above, says the Letter of James, “is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace” (3:17–18).

From The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth. Copyright © 2014 by Dallas Willard amd Gary Black Jr. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

How Am I To Know When or When Not To Respond to a Fool?

We don’t use the word “fool” very much today….at least not in the biblical sense of a person who is spiritually ignorant and believes their opinions are all that matter. But there are many fools we come into contact with in some form every day these days! But do we “answer the fool” or not? (Proverbs says to do both!). Here is an article from Christian counselor Rick Thomas to help us with some insights. From RickThomas.net……………

How Am I To Know When or When Not To Respond to a Fool?