The paragraph below will end with a peaceful resolution for the "self". However, a
"feeling" of peace in and of itself does nothing to resolve injustice occurring in the
immediate world around the "self". If injustice is heard of, known of, witnessed or
experienced, it is commanded of us to be as "light to the world" and not hide "under
a bushel". It is commanded of us to be "good samaritans" to the world, and to own
our righteous anger. There is no excuse for not exposing the truth to light, nor for
not taking righteous action within our capacity to do so. Furthermore, apathy or
inaction is a repudiation of the truth and a defense for the deception. Living a
"convenient comfortable" delusion of self-peace is evading responsibility, while very
dangerously "dulling" the conscience and "dumbing" it down more into the "self".
We are responsible for the peace and justice of our fellowmen within society, not
just for the peace within "ourselves". Let us not forget there is no "peace-for-all" if
peace stops with "self". Admittedly however, for the sake of the world it lives within,
the "self" must first start restoring it's own peace if it has been disturbed.
So how does one begin to restore the peace within one's own heart?
If one's life is greatly harmed and treated with reckless disregard, how
is a gracious respect regained for those not willing to acknowledge
their errors? It begins with the grace of humility. Only with the strength of that humility can one begin to survive such trauma, much
less hope to emerge without ill-will. As the bullets of "bullying" and
"wrongdoing" strike, humility only allows endurance for the initial
battle. To emerge without feelings of enmity is the more difficult fight.
In this latter battle it is commanded of us to "forgive", but not so we
can just "get-on-with-life". It is also commanded of us to deny the self's
emotions and rebuke any "temptations" of feeling rancor or malice, much less act upon them. Furthermore it is commanded "thy will" be
done--and of course, "thy will" is agape love. As a verb, this love de-
mands the proper action beyond "self will" to do no harm, maintaining
peace for the sake of fellowmen--"not rendering evil-for-evil", but
admonishing even thoughts of it. As a result, peace eventually ree-
merges in the heart with no ill-will for the world around it.