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Virtue: Peace-Loving

So I’m wondering why the author of the 31 Biblical Virtues to pray for your children, Bob Hostetler, chose to hyphenate these two words…

…why not just peace?  OR why not just loving?

I don’t hear this phrase often, I just don’t.  dictionary.com defines the paired words as inclined or disposed to peace; as, peace-loving citizens. Opposed to warlike or belligerent.

Ok, so — I get that.

friendly. serene. level. composed. untroubled. without hostility. nonviolent.

My interpretation of living “peace-loving” is making the effort to cultivate a peaceful, loving environment or culture or surroundings.  It’s choosing to respond in love.  It’s choosing to strive for peace and harmony.  It’s choosing to look for solutions and not focus on the problems.

When we are peace-loving we are open to seeing different perspective than our own.  We are open minded and willing to compromise looking for the common welfare of all.

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19

I had the opportunity to give specific examples of this to my boys this morning as they were arguing with each other on the way to school today.  I’m embracing these teachable moments and am grateful for the awareness this journey is bringing into our lives.  I see God working in all of us.

I pray, “Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace; and me also. Amen.

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AboutTeri

Teri is a writer, speaker, and sought-after personal growth expert. She enjoys running and taking pictures. Great conversations while sipping coffee and soaking up as many sunsets as she can, make her tick. She's passionate about helping others; an encourager and a cheerleader to many. Teri lives a joy-filled life deeply devoted to her husband, her two boys, and her relationship with God.
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