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NONVIOLENCE AS A

RESPONSE TO TERRORISM
Daniel Keeran, Victoria, Canada

THE CHRISTIAN WAY


OF LOVE

THE CHRISTIAN WAY OF LOVE:


NONVIOLENCE AS A RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

prepared by Daniel Keeran, Victoria, Canada

Christians possess the most powerful weapon against terrorism such as


ISIS. That weapon is love!
Yet we do not know how to use love in this conflict. We use love by
dying for our enemies just as our Leader died for us when we were his
enemies when he could have destroyed us.
And he called unto him the multitude with his disciples, and said unto
them, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross, and follow me. Mark 8:24
"God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy
Spirit, who has been given to us." - Romans 5:5
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still
sinners, Christ died for us. " - Romans 5:8
"Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much
more shall we be saved from wrath through Him!"
Romans
5:9
"For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him
through the death of his Son, how much more, having been
reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!"
- Romans
5:10
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The Love of God: A Meditation


prepared by Daniel Keeran, MSW,
Victoria, BC
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16

When judged, we tend to judge in return. How can we transform our


judgment and condemnation of others into caring and compassion for
them? What does the cross teach us?
At the heart of our faith is the cross, and at the heart of the cross is the
love of God who suffered for our offenses. The cross teaches us to love
and care for those who offend us. This kind of love is so against our
emotional custom that sometimes we cant see it. We cant grasp it. The
next time you are offended, remember this Lords Supper and
remember these words:
John 3: 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only
Son...
Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because Gods love
has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has
been given to us.
Romans 5:8-10 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now
been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from
Gods wrath through him! For if, while we were Gods enemies, we
were reconciled to him through the death of his Son.
Remember these words of the Master when he said: "But to you who
are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke
6:27-28
2 Thessalonians 3:5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love
of God and into the patience of Christ.
Ephesians 5:1-2 Follow Gods example, therefore, as dearly loved
children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and
gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid
down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our
brothers and sisters.
1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved
us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:19-21 We love because he first loved us.... Anyone who


loves God must also love their brother and sister.
The prophet Isaiah said of Christ in chapter 53 of his book: By
oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet when Jesus was
suffering mockery and condemnation on the cross, he said, Father
forgive them..... (Luke 23:34). And Peter observed of Christ that When
they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered,
he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who
judges justly (1 Peter 3:23).
Peter precedes those word with this in 1 Peter 3:20-22: But if you suffer
for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To
this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you
an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Paul says in Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome
evil with good, and For though we live in the world, we do not wage
war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons
of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish
strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). He says in Ephesians 6:12 For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full
restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And
the God of love and peace will be with you.
Lets pray:
For the Bread
God, give us grace and mercy to forgive as we have been forgiven, to
love as we have been loved. Thank you for this bread that reminds us of
the suffering love of Jesus who loved us and gave himself for us and
offered forgiveness even while we were offending him. Teach us your
love, your compassion, your gentleness, your caring and concern even
for those who offend us. In Jesus name. Amen.
For the Cup
Lord, thank you for this cup that reminds us of the blood of Christ that
forgives our sins. Give us courage to forgive and love one another as
you have forgiven and loved us. In the name of the Way, the Truth, and
the Life. Amen.
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