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Paul wrapped up this pivotal chapter of his letter with a call for peace and inclusiveness.  He represented the divide in the church.  A Jewish leader and legal expert turned Christian and missionary to the non-Jewish world.  He had seen unrest within the church and throughout the world. In its midst, however, Paul had faithfully drawn people from many walks of life to join the body of Christ.  His efforts ultimately led the movement that has changed the world. 

Paul saw the mission as simple, bring peace and live in harmony—as much as you can, and as it depends upon you.  Paul did not see the Church as timid pacifists—look where he was headed, Caesar’s Palace.  No, he saw the Church as a force for change—but, a change that comes from the inside and moves outward.

We are called to be peacemakers.  We are to honor and serve the Lord with gladness and intensity, but, as much as we are able, we are to be the force in the world that draw men together around Jesus—the author and perfector of our faith.  In a world of chaos, the church has to be different Like a torch in a dark cave.  We bring life, we bring peace and we bring purpose to a world careening out of control.  Jesus said it best, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

God Bless You

16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;     if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good