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“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” - Romans 12:17-19.

Whenever grievances among people are not settled quickly, such squabbles soon create sharp divisions among them and some may resort to mob action to express their bottled-up anger.  Everyone in the opposing side becomes a target.  Usually any harm done to one side elicits revenge from the other. Incidentally, each instance of revenge is likely to be worse than the initial action.  And the cycle continues. There can be no lasting peace and unity among people plagued by the spirit of religious intolerance, bigotry, vengeance, fanaticism, etc. People must learn to live together in spite of their differences. Christians should pursue peace through tolerance, patience, knowledge and use of peaceful means of resolving their differences.

This requires understanding one another through constant discussions or dialogue so as to identify our differences and the areas where we share common interests.  Human beings share the same commitments to justice, love, honesty, truth, good neighbourliness and so on. These are the ingredients for peace we should build on. Scripture says: “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” - Romans 14:19.

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