War and Peace


Matthew 16:26 (NIV)  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Colossians 3:2 (NIV)  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

James 4:4 (NIV)   You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Matthew 10:34-39 (CEB) 34  "Don't think that I've come to bring peace to the earth. I haven't come to bring peace but a sword. 35  I've come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36  People's enemies are members of their own households. 37  "Those who love father or mother more than me aren't worthy of me. Those who love son or daughter more than me aren't worthy of me. 38  Those who don't pick up their crosses and follow me aren't worthy of me. 39  Those who find their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives because of me will find them.


The most cruel war which God can make with man in this life is to leave them without that war which He came to bring. "I came to send war," He says, "and to teach them of this war. I came to bring fire and the sword." Before Him the world lived in this false peace. —Blaise Pascal, in Pensees. Leadership, Vol. 3, no. 4. Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4.

Mankind is divided into two sorts: such as live according to man, and such as live according to God. These we call the two cities.... The Heavenly City outshines Rome. There, instead of victory, is truth.  Augustine of Hippo

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