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Romans 3:17: And The Way Of Peace They Have Not Known

Romans 3:17
[17] and the way of peace they have not known.” (ESV)

For those of you who are history buffs you may remember the title given to the First World War (1914-1918). It was referred to as "The war to end all wars." That is quite a title. Sadly, it was not true. 31 years later we had the Second World War. Wars continue on to this very day. We fight for peace, but there is too much fight and not enough peace.

Paul helps us to understand the reason. The way of peace is not known to man by his nature. Man is driven by his own pride. He wants what he wants. When someone else gets what he wants he becomes jealous and responds in his anger to take back what he wanted. Peace is impossible if one is driven by pride.

The world's first parents found out just how deadly a prideful heart can be. Imagine the joy that Adam and Eve had when Eve gave birth to children. How terrible then it must have been when Cain murdered his brother Abel because Abel got what Cain wanted; the favor of the Lord. Since the first family man has not known the way of peace.

Consider your own family. We are now thousands of years past the tragedy of prideful Cain. If you are a parent of more than one child you know one thing about your children; "the way of peace they have not known!" The good news is, your children are normal. The bad news is, normal is not good. It is not the way of peace.

The remedy for prideful man is not more wars for peace. The remedy is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Let's pray that mankind will surrender to Jesus and find the remedy for his prideful condition.


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